mineralogy

noun
min·​er·​al·​o·​gy | \ ˌmi-nə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce mineralogy (audio) , -ˈra- How to pronounce mineralogy (audio) \

Definition of mineralogy

1 : a science dealing with minerals, their crystallography, properties, classification, and the ways of distinguishing them
2 : the mineralogical characteristics of an area, a rock, or a rock formation

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Other Words from mineralogy

mineralogical \ ˌmi-​nə-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce mineralogical (audio) , ˌmin-​rə-​ \ or less commonly mineralogic \ ˌmi-​nə-​rə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce mineralogic (audio) , ˌmin-​rə-​ \ adjective
mineralogically \ ˌmi-​nə-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mineralogically (audio) , ˌmin-​rə-​ \ adverb
mineralogist \ ˌmi-​nə-​ˈrä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce mineralogist (audio) , -​ˈra-​ How to pronounce mineralogist (audio) \ noun

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The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Life may have existed on warm, rainy, ancient Mars before winter came," 20 Aug. 2019 The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Life may have existed on warm, rainy, ancient Mars before winter came," 20 Aug. 2019 The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Life may have existed on warm, rainy, ancient Mars before winter came," 20 Aug. 2019 The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Life may have existed on warm, rainy, ancient Mars before winter came," 20 Aug. 2019 Traditionally, mineralogy has been dominated by analyzing the structures and formation of individual minerals. Quanta Magazine, "How Life and Luck Changed Earth’s Minerals," 11 Aug. 2015 The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Curiosity rover makes new discoveries on Mars," 6 Aug. 2019 But not long after, while idly perusing Russian mineralogy journals in search of more leads, Steinhardt spotted Kryachko’s name among the authors of a different paper from 1995. Quanta Magazine, "In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos," 13 June 2014 The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Curiosity rover detects highest levels of methane on Mars," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of mineralogy

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mineralogy

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

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mineralogy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mineralogy

: the scientific study of minerals

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