Main definitions of powellite in English

: powellite1Powellite2

powellite1

noun

Mineralogy
  • An uncommon mineral of the tetragonal crystal system which consists of calcium molybdate, CaMoO₄ (usually with molybdenum partly replaced by tungsten), and occurs chiefly as translucent, pyramidal crystals with a yellow fluorescence.

Origin

Late 19th century. From the name of Major John Wesley Powell, director of the U.S. Geological Survey + -ite.

Pronunciation

powellite

/ˈpaʊəlʌɪt/

Main definitions of powellite in English

: powellite1Powellite2

Powellite2

adjective

Politics
historical
  • Of, relating to, characteristic of, or advocating Powellism.

noun

Politics
historical
  • A follower or supporter of Enoch Powell or of Powellism.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in The Economist. From the name of John Enoch Powell + -ite.

Pronunciation

Powellite

/ˈpaʊəlʌɪt/