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mineralogy

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

Historical Examples

  • 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

mineralogy

noun
  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 mineralogy

n.

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

mineralogy in Science

mineralogy

[mĭn′ə-rŏlə-jē]
  1. The scientific study of minerals, their composition and properties, and the places where they are likely to occur.
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