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mineralogy

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noun min·er·al·o·gy \ˌmi-nə-ˈrä-lə-jē, -ˈra-\

Simple Definition of mineralogy

  • : the scientific study of minerals

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mineralogy

  1. 1 :  a science dealing with minerals, their crystallography, properties, classification, and the ways of distinguishing them

  2. 2 :  the mineralogical characteristics of an area, a rock, or a rock formation

mineralogical play \ˌmi-nə-rə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌmin-rə-\ also mineralogic play \-ˈlä-jik\ adjective
mineralogically play \-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
mineralogist play \ˌmi-nə-ˈrä-lə-jist, -ˈra-\ noun

Origin of mineralogy

probably from New Latin *mineralogia, irregular from Medieval Latin minerale + Latin -logia -logy


First Known Use: 1690



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