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mineral

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noun min·er·al \ˈmin-rəl, ˈmi-nə-\

Simple Definition of mineral

  • : a substance (such as quartz, coal, petroleum, salt, etc.) that is naturally formed under the ground

  • : a chemical substance (such as iron or zinc) that occurs naturally in certain foods and that is important for good health

Full Definition of mineral

  1. 1 :  ore

  2. 2 :  an inorganic substance (as in the ash of calcined tissue)

  3. 3 obsolete :  mine

  4. 4 :  something neither animal nor vegetable

  5. 5 a :  a solid homogeneous crystalline chemical element or compound that results from the inorganic processes of nature; broadly :  any of various naturally occurring homogeneous substances (as stone, coal, salt, sulfur, sand, petroleum, water, or natural gas) obtained usually from the ground b :  a synthetic substance having the chemical composition and crystalline form and properties of a naturally occurring mineral

  6. 6 plural British :  mineral water

Examples of mineral

  1. an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals



Origin of mineral

Middle English, from Medieval Latin minerale, from neuter of mineralis


First Known Use: 15th century

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mineral

adjective min·er·al

Definition of mineral

  1. 1 :  of or relating to minerals; also :  inorganic

  2. 2 :  impregnated with mineral substances



Origin of mineral

Middle English, from Medieval Latin mineralis, from minera mine, ore, from Old French minere, miniere, from mine


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Mineralogy Terms



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