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English definition of “mineral”


noun [C]    /ˈmɪn·ər·əl/
chemistry a substance that exists naturally in foods, water, or the ground, and is not a living organism earth science A mineral is also a natural substance such as coal, gold, or diamond that is obtained from the earth by mining
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