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[mass noun] A blue-grey mineral, typically occurring as hexagonal crystals. It consists of molybdenum disulphide and is the most common ore of molybdenum.
- ‘The central potassic core normally contains low-grade mineralization consisting of minor chalcopyrite, molybdenite, and pyrite.’
- ‘Molybdenum never occurs as the free element in nature, but is most commonly found in the minerals molybdenite and wulfenite.’
- ‘Willman reported astrophyllite, biotite, molybdenite, and riebeckite associated with smoky quartz and microcline (variety amazonite) on Mount Kineo at North Cheyenne Canyon.’
- ‘High on the slopes of Bartlett Mountain, it contained not only gold values but also veinlets of a soft gray mineral - molybdenite.’
- ‘At the Redskin mine, molybdenite is found in small cylindrical greisen pipes in the Redskin Granite.’
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