mineralogy

noun min·er·al·o·gy \ ˌmi-nə-ˈrä-lə-jē , -ˈra- \
Updated on: 25 Mar 2018

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

mineralogical

play \ˌmi-nə-rə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌmin-rə-\ or less commonly mineralogic play \-ˈlä-jik\ adjective

mineralogically

play \-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

mineralogist

play \ˌmi-nə-ˈrä-lə-jist, -ˈra-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of mineralogy

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


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Definition of mineralogy for English Language Learners

  • : the scientific study of minerals


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