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

Keep scrolling for more

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, "For sale: Garden-level living in Boston condos," 2 Apr. 2021 The top side is made from 80% mica nylon and 20% PE cool fabric. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Cooling Blanket," 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, "In the galleries: A focus on the intersection of art and movement," 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, "Physicists solve 150-year-old mystery of equation governing sandcastle physics," 9 Dec. 2020 Terre des Hommes estimates at least 10,000 children are involved in Madagascar’s mica sector. NBC News, "Labor Department lists mica mined in Madagascar in report on child labor," 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, "Scientists Advance on One of Technology’s Holy Grails," 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, "Nars's Tinted Glow Booster Is Replacing All of My Cream Highlighters," 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, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 20 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mica.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mica

Statistics for mica

Last Updated

6 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mica. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for mica

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

More from Merriam-Webster on mica

Nglish: Translation of mica for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about mica

Comments on mica

What made you want to look up mica? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!