[min-uh-rol-uh-jee, -ral-uh-]


the science or study of minerals.

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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British Dictionary definitions for mineralogist



the branch of geology concerned with the study of minerals
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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mineralogist in Science



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