[ woo l-fuh-nahyt ]
/ ˈwʊl fəˌnaɪt /


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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/ (ˈwʊlfəˌnaɪt) /


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

Word Origin for wulfenite

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