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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]


(ˈwʊl fəˌnaɪt)

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]
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Noun1.wulfenite - a yellow to orange or brown mineral used as a molybdenum orewulfenite - a yellow to orange or brown mineral used as a molybdenum ore
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The molybdenum from the weathering porphyry (many of the skarn deposits also contain molybdenite) can be carried in ground water for great distances, until encountering weathering lead deposits where the reaction occurs to precipitate lead molybdate (wulfenite).
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On some specimens the mimetite spherules penetrated the thin lead molybdate blades, while on others, the spherules perched on the delicate edges of the wulfenite.