- a lead molybdate mineral, PbMoO4, 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
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Deposits of wulfenite have been worked on a small scale in Arizona.
The chief ore minerals are molybdenite (molybdenum sulphide) and wulfenite (lead molybdate).
Wulfenite is rather common in the upper oxidized zone of deposits which contain lead minerals and molybdenite.
- 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: PbMoO 4
C19: from German Wulfenit, named after F. X. von Wulfen (1728–1805), Austrian mineralogist
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