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

Other Words from mineralogy

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

Examples of mineralogy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hunt will likely utilize all of the rover's numerous instruments, including the Mastcam-Z and Supercam which are used to provide both imaging and analysis of the surface's mineralogy and chemical composition. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Feb. 2021 By this time, NASA also had much better map and mineralogy data from its orbiters. Jatan Mehta, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2021 The old courthouse will also have room for a library, research lab, mineralogy lab and community classroom. USA TODAY, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 20 Aug. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mineralogy. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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mineralogy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mineralogy

: the scientific study of minerals

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