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

Examples of mineralogy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The old courthouse will also have room for a library, research lab, mineralogy lab and community classroom. USA TODAY, "Sesame Street joins SeaWorld, sunken WW II ship found, presidential yacht: News from around our 50 states," 22 Oct. 2019 Werner’s chromatic notes intrigued many beyond the mineralogy circles artists including British painter Patrick Smye who charted and illustrated his notations with corresponding tints. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "An 18th-century geologist emerges as 2019’s most insightful color guru," 11 Oct. 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 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

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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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The first known use of mineralogy was in 1661

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17 Nov 2019

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“Mineralogy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mineralogy. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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mineralogy

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English Language Learners Definition of mineralogy

: the scientific study of minerals

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