[min-er-uhl, min-ruhl]
any of a class of substances occurring in nature, usually comprising inorganic substances, as quartz or feldspar, of definite chemical composition and usually of definite crystal structure, but sometimes also including rocks formed by these substances as well as certain natural products of organic origin, as asphalt or coal.
a substance obtained by mining, as ore.
(loosely) any substance that is neither animal nor vegetable.
minerals, British, mineral water.
Nutrition. any of the inorganic elements, as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, or sodium, that are essential to the functioning of the human body and are obtained from foods.
of the nature of a mineral; pertaining to a mineral or minerals.
containing or impregnated with a mineral or minerals.
neither animal nor vegetable; inorganic: mineral matter.

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

nonmineral, noun, adjective
semimineral, adjective
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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]

abbreviation for
mineralogy or mineralogical

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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 mineral substance dissolved in it.
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mineral min·er·al (mĭn'ər-əl)

  1. A naturally occurring, homogeneous inorganic solid substance having a definite chemical composition and characteristic crystalline structure, color, and hardness.

  2. 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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mineral   (mĭn'ər-əl)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. 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.

  2. 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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mineral definition

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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Example sentences
Mineral riches provide governments with cash but do not create many jobs.
The mineral could provide a crucial oxygen source for future manned lunar
Mantle tissue that is located under and in contact with the shell secretes
  proteins and mineral extracellularly to form the shell.
See a simulated underground mining tunnel, rock and mineral displays.
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