Definition of

Mineral

  1. (noun, substance) solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
  2. (adj, all) composed of matter other than plant or animal
  3. (adj, pert) relating to minerals
    mineral deposits

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Alternate forms of Mineral

Hyponyms: ader wax, amblygonite, amphibole, amphibole group, apatite, aragonite, argentite, argyrodite, arsenopyrite, asphalt, augite, baddeleyite, barite, barium sulphate, barytes, bastnaesite, bastnasite, bauxite, beryl, bitter spar, blende, borax, bornite, cadmium sulphide, calamine, carnallite, cassiterite, celestite, cerussite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, chromite, chrysoberyl, cinnabar, cobalt bloom, cobaltite, coltan, columbite, columbite-tantalite, copper glance, copper pyrites, cordierite, corundom, corundum, cristobalite, crocolite, cryolite, cuprite, cyanite, dolomite, earth color, earth wax, emery, erythrite, fergusonite, fluor, fluorite, fluorspar, fool's gold, gadolinite, galena, garnet, garnierite, germanite, gibbsite, glauconite, graphic tellurium, green lead ore, greenland spar, greenockite, gypsum, halite, hausmannite, heavy spar, hemimorphite, idocrase, ilmenite, iridosmine, iron manganese tungsten, iron pyrite, isinglass, jadeite, kainite, kaolinite, kernite, kieserite, kyanite, langbeinite, magnesia, magnesite, magnesium oxide, magnetic pyrites, malachite, maltha, manganite, meerschaum, mica, millerite, mineral pitch, mineral tar, mineral wax, mispickel, molybdenite, monazite, nepheline, nephelinite, nephelite, niobite, nitrocalcite, olivenite, olivine, opal, ore, orpiment, osmiridium, ozocerite, ozokerite, peacock ore, pentlandite, periclase, pinite, pollucite, psilomelane, pyrite, pyrolusite, pyromorphite, pyrophyllite, pyroxene, pyrrhotine, pyrrhotite, quartz, realgar, red clay, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, rock salt, rutile, samarskite, sapphirine, scheelite, sepiolite, smaltite, sodalite, spar, sphalerite, spinel, spodumene, stannite, stibnite, strontianite, sylvanite, sylvine, sylvite, talc, talcum, tantalite, thorite, thortveitite, tin pyrites, topaz, tourmaline, tridymite, turquoise, vanadinite, vermiculite, vesuvian, vesuvianite, white lead ore, wolframite, wollastonite, wulfenite, wurtzite, xenotime, ytterbite, zeolite, zinc blende, zinkenite, zircon, zirconium silicate

Hypernyms: material, stuff

Origin of the word Mineral

  1. late 14c., "substance obtained by mining," from M.L. minerale "something mined," from neut. of mineralis "pertaining to mines," from minera "mine." Meaning "material substance that is neither animal nor vegetable" is first recorded c.1600. Modern scientific sense is from 1813. Mineral water is from 1560s, originally water found in nature with some mi… more

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