One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Especially in descriptions of wines: tasting of minerals or mineral salts; having a flavour suggestive of minerals.
1With regard to mineral resources or content; in relation to minerals.
2Poetic. So as to resemble a mineral. nonce-use.
1970s; earliest use found in Pamela Vandyke Price (b. 1923). From mineral + -y<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Bowles (1826–1878). From mineral + -ly.
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