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 mica (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The living and dining area opens to the kitchen, updated with stainless appliances, breakfast bar, and granite counters with mica highlights. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Apr. 2021 The top side is made from 80% mica nylon and 20% PE cool fabric. Chris Hachey, BGR, 10 Mar. 2021 In Casey’s pictures, earthy figures fuse with each other and with nature, while accents of glitter, silver leaf and mica flakes provide an otherworldly sheen. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2021 For this latest work, Geim's team painstakingly constructed molecular-scale capillaries by layering atom-thin crystals of mica and graphite on top of each other, with narrow strips of graphene in between each layer to serve as spacers. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 Dec. 2020 Terre des Hommes estimates at least 10,000 children are involved in Madagascar’s mica sector. NBC News, 10 Nov. 2020 In another project, the results of which were published last year, in Nature, Baker’s lab designed proteins that align with ions on the surface of mica to form a honeycomb pattern. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2020 It's also made with mica, an ingredient commonly used in products to give them a shimmery or shiny effect. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 9 Aug. 2020 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, 20 May 2020

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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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“Mica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mica. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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mica

noun

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 mica (audio) \ adjective

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