American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mineral form of molybdenum sulfide, MoS2, that is the principal ore of molybdenum.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. mineralogy A mineral, molybdenum disulfide MoS2, that is the principal ore of molybdenum; it is structurally similar to graphite and has a similar look and feel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A mineral occurring in soft, lead-gray, foliated masses or scales, resembling graphite; sulphide of molybdenum.
- n. a mineral resembling graphite that is valued as the chief source of molybdenum and its compounds
- From molybdenum + -ite. (Wiktionary)
- molybden(um) + -ite1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Closeups of cobaltite, top, a rare ore of cobalt, and molybdenite, bottom, the main ore of molybdenum.”
“Molybdenum was extracted from the granite in Baltschieder during the second world war, from a unique occurrence where molybdenum is present in granite as molybdenite.”
“Rhenium does not form minerals of its own, but it does occur as a trace element in columbite, tantalite and molybdenite.”
“Specifically, it is obtained from the processing of the mineral molybdenite (a molybdenum ore) that is found in porphyry copper deposits.”
“Geologically, molybdenite forms in high-temperature environments such as in igneous rocks.”
“Molybdenum was discovered by the Swedish scientist, Peter Hjelm in 1781, three years after Carl Scheele proposed that a previously unknown element could be found in the mineral molybdenite.”
“The United States produces significant quantities of molybdenite from mines in Colorado, New Mexico, and Idaho.”
“Some molybdenite forms when igneous bodies contact rock and metamorphose, or change, the rock.”
“The most important ore source of molybdenum is the mineral molybdenite.”
“In 1778, Swedish chemist Carl William Scheele was studying, what he thought was lead, in the mineral molybdenite.”
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