MEANS:Mineral: In General p.1

mineral, n.
Pronunciation:  Brit. /ˈmɪn(ə)rəl/ , /ˈmɪn(ə)rl̩/ , U.S. /ˈmɪn(ə)r(ə)l/
Forms:  ME–16 minerall, ME–16 myneral, ME–16 mynerall, ME– mineral, lME 16 minerale, 15 mynoralle, 16 min'ral, 16 minrall; Sc. pre-17 maneriall, pre-17 manerialle, pre-17 minerall, pre-17 minorale, pre-17 minorall, pre-17 mynerale, pre-17 mynerall, pre-17 myneriall, pre-17 mynorall, pre-17 mynrall, 17– mineral.

†1. Alchemy. According to certain writers: that variety of the philosophers' stone which was responsible for the purification of metals, esp. in orebodies. Cf. mineral adj. 2. Obs.This variety of the philosophers' stone was called more fully lapis mineralis, the others being lapis animalis and lapis vegetabilis (cf. vegetable stone n. at vegetable adj. Special uses 2).

a. A naturally occurring substance of neither animal nor vegetable origin; an inorganic substance. (Not now in technical use.)

b. A substance obtained by mining; a product of the depths of the earth, esp. one other than a native metal. Also in Mining: an ore. Also fig.In some modern contexts not distinguishable from sense 2c.

c. Science. A solid, naturally occurring, usually inorganic substance with a definite chemical composition and characteristic physical structure and properties (such as crystalline form). Cf. mineraloid n.