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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: mineralis 'of mines', from Old French mine; MINE2

mineral

noun
     
Related topics: Nutrition, Geology
min‧e‧ral [countable]
1HEG a substance that is formed naturally in the earth, such as coal, salt, stone, or gold. Minerals can be dug out of the ground and used:
The area is very rich in minerals.
a country with few mineral resources
2DFN a natural substance such as iron that is present in some foods and is important for good health:
Fish is a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

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