- noun a natural material (usually in the ground) which can be used
- A naturally occurring solid homogeneous substance with a definite chemical composition. Minerals usually have a crystalline structure and are inorganic, although there are some that are organic. They are characterized by features such as hardness, luster, cleavage, color, and density. Examples include garnet, magnetite, cobaltite, galena, and mica.
- noun an inorganic substance with a characteristic chemical composition that occurs naturally and is an essential part of the human diet
- a taste of dissolved nonorganic salts in a wine, deriving from the soil in which the vine was grown