1. An inorganic species
or stuff occurring in character, having a definite chemical composition
and generally a distinct crystalline
form. Rocks, except
determined glassy igneous
forms, are either simple minerals
or aggregates of minerals.
2. A mine.
3. Anything which is neither animal
nor vegetable, as in the most common classification
of things into three
kingdoms (animal, vegetable, and mineral).
Origin: F. Mineral, LL. Minerale, fr. Minera mine. See Mine.
1. Of or pertaining to minerals; consisting of a mineral
or of minerals; as, a mineral
2. Impregnated with minerals; as, mineral
Mineral acids, a salt of a mineral acid. Mineral tallow, a familiar name for hatchettite, from its fatty or spermaceti-like appearance. Mineral water. See Water. Mineral wax. See Ozocerite. Mineral wool, a fibrous wool-like material, made by blowing a powerful jet of air or steam through melted slag. It is a poor conductor of heat.
Source: Websters Vocabulary