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  • n. A person expert in mineralogy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One versed in mineralogy; one devoted to the study of minerals.
  • n. A carrier shell (Phorus).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is versed in the science of minerals, or one who treats or discourses of the properties of mineral bodies.
  • n. In conchology, a conchologist or carrier-shell; any member of the family Xenophoridæ (or Phoridæ). See cut under carrier-shell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a scientist trained in mineralogy


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  • Köchel was a botanist and mineralogist as well as musical scholar, but Mozart was the genius.

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  • By 1927, an employee of Tiffany & Co. was complaining that "no gem ever caused the mineralogist or archaeologist quite the heartache that jade has," although the complaint was prompted more by commercial frustration than academic enquiry.

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  • Not surprisingly, Metung attracted a number of distinguished early holiday-makers, some of whom settled there permanently, including the explorer and mineralogist Dr. Alfred Howitt; His Honour Judge John Burnett Box; and John King, the second son of Rear Admiral Philip Parker King.

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  • Also a mineralogist and scientific writer in periodicals.

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  • “We are in the midst of another tremendous era of reclassification — like the scientists of the 18th century,” says Robert Downs, a mineralogist who with his University of Arizona colleague Bonner Denton, a chemist, has spearheaded the development of Raman technology.

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  • A pirate, a rural French bug collector, a Soviet mineralogist and a Holy Roman Emperor count among this volume's contributors.

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  • Frederick Mohs (1773-1839), a German mineralogist who devised a scale for determining the hardness of an unknown rock or mineral, which is often very useful in the identification process.

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  • I am in love with the amount of research it took to reveal the real James Smithson, (1765-1829) the British chemist, mineralogist, and philanthropist who donated $500,000 in 1836 to help establish the Smithsonian Institution, "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge."

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  • In 1803, Andres Manuel del Rio, a Spanish mineralogist working in Mexico City, first discovered a material he called “brown lead”.


  • It had been on display in an exhibit of archaeological fakes after William Foshag, a Smithsonian mineralogist, realized in the 1950s that it had been carved with a modern lapidary wheel.

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  • A carrier-shell (genus Xenophora) that attaches stones to its shell. (Listed in OED2.)

    November 18, 2007