[ min-uh-rol-uh-jee, -ral-uh- ]
/ ˌmɪn əˈrɒl ə dʒi, -ˈræl ə- /


the science or study of minerals.

Origin of mineralogy

First recorded in 1680–90; minera(l) + -logy

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British Dictionary definitions for mineralogy


/ (ˌmɪnəˈrælədʒɪ) /


the branch of geology concerned with the study of minerals

Derived Forms

mineralogical (ˌmɪnərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or mineralogic, adjectivemineralogically, adverbmineralogist, noun
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Science definitions for mineralogy


[ mĭn′ə-rŏlə-jē ]

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