mica

noun
mi·​ca | \ ˈmī-kə How to pronounce mica (audio) \

Definition of mica

: any of various colored or transparent mineral silicates crystallizing in monoclinic forms that readily separate into very thin leaves

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Other Words from mica

micaceous \ mī-​ˈkā-​shəs How to pronounce micaceous (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coronado Beach, a mile-and-a-half stretch of golden sand sparkling with bits of the mineral mica, is a popular family-friendly spot. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 20 May 2020 Um-Helat is outwardly utopian, too, and Jemisin paints just as vivid a picture: The slanting afternoon sun stretches golden over the city, reflected light sparkling along its mica-flecked walls and laser-faceted embossings. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 The report said children as young as 4 from poor families in Madagascar are mining for mica, a type of mineral used in cosmetics, electronics and other products. Washington Post, "UAW regional office enmeshed in embezzlement case is disbanded," 6 Dec. 2019 The shadows also include mica to blur imperfections by reflecting light, while titanium dioxide protects your skin from harmful UV rays. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Dermstore’s Massive Labor Day Beauty Sale Has Already Started — Here’s What to Shop," 28 Aug. 2018 With the warm reflective colors in the mahogany and the iridescent mica in the quartzite floor, the Hope house now glows like a lantern at twilight. Tina Daunt, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status," 8 June 2019 With the warm reflective colors in the mahogany and the iridescent mica in the quartzite floor, the Hope house now glows like a lantern at twilight. Tina Daunt, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status," 8 June 2019 With the warm reflective colors in the mahogany and the iridescent mica in the quartzite floor, the Hope house now glows like a lantern at twilight. Tina Daunt, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status," 8 June 2019 With the warm reflective colors in the mahogany and the iridescent mica in the quartzite floor, the Hope house now glows like a lantern at twilight. Tina Daunt, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of mica

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mica

New Latin, from Latin, grain, crumb; perhaps akin to Greek mikros small

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4 Jun 2020

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“Mica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mica. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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mica

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How to pronounce mica (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mica

: a mineral that separates easily into thin sheets

mica

noun
mi·​ca | \ ˈmī-kə How to pronounce mica (audio) \

Kids Definition of mica

: a mineral that easily breaks into very thin transparent sheets

mica

noun
mi·​ca | \ ˈmī-kə How to pronounce mica (audio) \

Medical Definition of mica

: any of various colored or transparent mineral silicates crystallizing in monoclinic forms that readily separate into very thin leaves

Other Words from mica

micaceous \ mī-​ˈkā-​shəs How to pronounce micaceous (audio) \ adjective

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