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[woo l-fuh-nahyt]
  1. a lead molybdate mineral, PbMoO4, occurring usually in tabular crystals, and varying in color from grayish to bright-yellow or red; yellow lead ore.
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Origin of wulfenite

1840–50; named after F. X. von Wulfen (1728–1805), Austrian scientist; see -ite1
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Historical Examples of wulfenite

  • Deposits of wulfenite have been worked on a small scale in Arizona.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for wulfenite


  1. 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
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Word Origin for wulfenite

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