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[min-uh-rol-uh-jee, -ral-uh-]
  1. the science or study of minerals.
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Origin of mineralogy

First recorded in 1680–90; minera(l) + -logy
Related formsmin·er·al·og·i·cal [min-er-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌmɪn ər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, min·er·al·og·ic, adjectivemin·er·al·og·i·cal·ly, adverbmin·er·al·o·gist, nounnon·min·er·al·og·i·cal, adjectivenon·min·er·al·og·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for mineralogist

Historical Examples

  • There he was compelled to wait a day for the return of the mineralogist.

    Short Stories of Various Types


  • Both the mineralogist and metallurgist touch the problem but they do not cover it.

  • It has been also called the ‘el Dorado’ of the botanist and the mineralogist.

  • "Oh, no, the mineralogist had not fooled him," said the parson.

  • So late a mineralogist as Hill held this view, which seemed to be general.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

British Dictionary definitions for mineralogist


  1. the branch of geology concerned with the study of minerals
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Derived Formsmineralogical (ˌmɪnərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or mineralogic, adjectivemineralogically, adverbmineralogist, noun
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Word Origin and History for mineralogist



1680s, a hybrid from mineral (n.) + -logy or else from French minéralogie (1640s). Related: Mineralogist; mineralogical.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mineralogist in Science


  1. The scientific study of minerals, their composition and properties, and the places where they are likely to occur.
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