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A usually yellow to orange-brown mineral, PbMoO4, used as a molybdenum ore.
[German Wulfenit, after Franz Xavier von Wulfen (1728-1805), Austrian mineralogist.]
(Minerals) a yellow, orange, red, or grey lustrous secondary mineral consisting of lead molybdate in the form of platelike tetragonal crystals. It occurs with lead ores and is a source of molybdenum. Formula: PbMoO4
[C19: from German Wulfenit, named after F. X. von Wulfen (1728–1805), Austrian mineralogist]
a yellow to red, usu. crystalline mineral, lead molybdate, PbMoO4, an ore of molybdenum.
[1840–50; after French. X. von Wulfen (1728–1805), Austrian scientist; see -ite1]