[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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Examples from the Web for mineralogy

Historical Examples of mineralogy

  • The intelligent in Mineralogy understand what I would be at.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • How they would be delighted with the gallery of mineralogy—how they would be charmed with the theatres!

    The Home

    Fredrika Bremer

  • But Karpin was one of the sharpest boys in the business when it came to mineralogy.

    The Risk Profession

    Donald Edwin Westlake

  • It will be at once seen that these Lectures were not intended for an introduction to mineralogy.

  • Features articles of interest to students of mineralogy, geology, and paleontology.

British Dictionary definitions for mineralogy



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 mineralogy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mineralogy in Science



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