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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.
Late 19th century. From the name of Major John Wesley Powell, director of the U.S. Geological Survey + -ite.
Of, relating to, characteristic of, or advocating Powellism.
A follower or supporter of Enoch Powell or of Powellism.
1960s; earliest use found in The Economist. From the name of John Enoch Powell + -ite.
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