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Designating a substance (especially a lotion or other liquid used for therapeutic purposes) which has both a mineral and vegetable component; characteristic of such a substance. Also as noun: †a substance of this kind (obsolete).
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Saunders (1743–1817), physician. From vegeto- + mineral, probably after French végéto-minéral.
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