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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.]
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(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]
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(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
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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He did learn, however, many years later, that the mineral in the cave that he showed to Sylvia was wulfenite, an oxide of lead, named for the eighteenth-century Austrian Jesuit, Franz Xaver Freiherr von Wulfen, also memorialized in the purple-flowering evergreen Wulfenia carinthiaca, found, it is said, only on two mountains in the Carinthian Alps.
These analyses indicate that the Fe-As-O coating is amorphous, the Cu-S-rich phase is crystalline and the patterns are consistent with chalcocite ([Cu.sub.2]S) and/ or djurleite ([Cu.sub.31][S.sub.16]), the Pb-Mo-O-rich phase is crystalline and the patterns are consistent with wulfenite (PbMo[O.sub.4]), and the Bi-Pb-As-O-rich phase is crystalline but the diffraction patterns could not be indexed conclusively.
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An upper level of the old workings has lately been producing fluorite, in transparent deep purple crystals, with wulfenite, barite and calcite.
Goodchild, of the Scottish Geological Survey, found wulfenite there in 1875 but the locality only really became of interest to collectors in the 1950s following the reporting of a suite of rare supergene minerals including bayldonite, duftite, beudantite, carminite, lindgrenite and stolzite (the first authenticated British occurrence).
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