mineral

[ min-er-uh l, min-ruh l ]
/ ˈmɪn ər əl, ˈmɪn rəl /

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. miner's dial,
  2. miner's inch,
  3. miner's lettuce,
  4. miner's lung,
  5. miner's right,
  6. mineral charcoal,
  7. mineral jelly,
  8. mineral kingdom,
  9. mineral oil,
  10. mineral pitch

Origin of mineral

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French mineral < Medieval Latin minerāle (noun), minerālis (adj.), equivalent to miner(a) mine, ore (< Old French miniere < Vulgar Latin *mināria; min- (see mine2) + Latin -āria -ary) + -āle, -ālis -al1

Related formsnon·min·er·al, noun, adjectivesem·i·min·er·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for non-mineral

mineral

/ (ˈmɪnərəl, ˈmɪnrəl) /

noun

any of a class of naturally occurring solid inorganic substances with a characteristic crystalline form and a homogeneous chemical composition
any inorganic matter
any substance obtained by mining, esp a metal ore
(often plural) British short for mineral water
British a soft drink containing carbonated water and flavouringsUsual US word: soda

adjective

of, relating to, containing, or resembling minerals

Word Origin for mineral

C15: from Medieval Latin minerāle (n), from minerālis (adj); related to minera mine, ore, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for non-mineral
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Medicine definitions for non-mineral

mineral

[ mĭnər-əl ]

n.

A naturally occurring, homogeneous inorganic solid substance having a definite chemical composition and characteristic crystalline structure, color, and hardness.
An inorganic element, such as calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, or zinc, that is essential to the nutrition of humans, animals, and plants.

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Science definitions for non-mineral

mineral

[ mĭnər-əl ]

A naturally occurring, solid, inorganic element or compound having a uniform composition and a regularly repeating internal structure. Minerals typically have a characteristic hardness and color, or range of colors, by which they can be recognized. Rocks are made up of minerals.
A natural substance of commercial value, such as iron ore, coal, or petroleum, that is obtained by mining, quarrying, or drilling.
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Culture definitions for non-mineral

mineral

In geology, a naturally occurring inorganic substance (see inorganic molecules) with a definite chemical composition and a regular internal structure.

Note

Most minerals are crystals, like salt and diamonds.

Note

Rocks are aggregates of minerals.

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