mineral
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈmɪ.nəɹ.əl/, /ˈmɪn.ɹəl/
Noun

mineral (plural minerals)

  1. (geology) Any naturally occurring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties.
  2. Any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable).
  3. (nutrition) Any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral.
  4. (British) Mineral water.
  5. (Ireland, South Africa, informal) A soft drink, particularly a single serve bottle or can.
  6. (obsolete) A mine or mineral deposit#Noun|deposit.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 4, scene 1]:
      O'er whom his very madness, like some ore / Among a mineral of metals base, / Shows itself pure;
  7. (obsolete) A poisonous or dangerous substance.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 1, scene 2]:
      ...Thou hast... / Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals...
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mineral (not comparable)

  1. of, related to, or containing minerals
Translations
Mineral
Proper noun
  1. CDP in Tehama County, California.



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