|mineral (ˈmɪnərəl, ˈmɪnrəl)|
|1.||any of a class of naturally occurring solid inorganic substances with a characteristic crystalline form and a homogeneous chemical composition|
|2.||any inorganic matter|
|3.||any substance obtained by mining, esp a metal ore|
|4.||(Brit) (often plural) short for mineral water|
|5.||(Brit) Usual US word: soda a soft drink containing carbonated water and flavourings|
|6.||of, relating to, containing, or resembling minerals|
|[C15: from Medieval Latin minerāle (n), from minerālis (adj); related to minera mine, ore, of uncertain origin]|
|mineralogy or mineralogical|
mineral min·er·al (mĭn'ər-əl)
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.
|mineral (mĭn'ər-əl) Pronunciation Key