molybdenite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n molybdenite a mineral resembling graphite that is valued as the chief source of molybdenum and its compounds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Molybdenite (Min) A mineral occurring in soft, lead-gray, foliated masses or scales, resembling graphite; sulphide of molybdenum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n molybdenite Sulphid of molybdenum, occurring in foliated masses or in scales, less often in hexagonal crystals, of a lead-gray color and metallic luster. It is very soft, and, like graphite, which it closely resembles, leaves a trace on paper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Molybdenite sulphide of molybdenum
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. molybdénite,. See Molybdena
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr.,—molybdos, lead.

Usage

In literature:

The chief ore minerals are molybdenite (molybdenum sulphide) and wulfenite (lead molybdate).
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
In its external characters graphite is thus strikingly similar to molybdenite (q.v.).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3" by Various
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