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[woo l-fuh-nahyt] /ˈwʊl fəˌnaɪt/
a lead molybdate mineral, PbMoO 4 , occurring usually in tabular crystals, and varying in color from grayish to bright-yellow or red; yellow lead ore.
Origin of wulfenite
1840-50; named after F. X. von Wulfen (1728-1805), Austrian scientist; see -ite1 Unabridged
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  • The subjects are azurite, copper, variscite and wulfenite.
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British Dictionary definitions for wulfenite


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
Word Origin
C19: from German Wulfenit, named after F. X. von Wulfen (1728–1805), Austrian mineralogist
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