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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
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.
16]), the Pb-Mo-O-rich phase is crystalline and the patterns are consistent with wulfenite (PbMo[O.
The precipitation of wulfenite and the Bi-Pb-As-O-rich phase occurs in the open voids within the Fe-As-O coating in response to changes in saturation state for these phases in the local pore-water.