Definition of wulfenite in English:

wulfenite

noun

  • An orange-yellow mineral consisting of a molybdate of lead, typically occurring as tabular crystals.

    • ‘I collected one good wulfenite and one excellent pyromorphite.’
    • ‘At the north shaft of the Pedry mine, one group located wulfenite, while the other group, at the A. O. property, found vanadinite and descloizite.’
    • ‘It has been found at Calamita, Elba (with plancheite), Traversella, and Monte Ramazzo, Italy; and Baita, Romania, with wulfenite and hemimorphite.’
    • ‘On the fourth level of this mine aurichalcite occurred abundantly as delicate sprays of acicular and lathlike crystals that ranged in color from pale blue to dark bluegreen perched on smithsonite, hemimorphite, and wulfenite.’
    • ‘Yellowish pyromorphite in crystals to 1.5 cm associated with wulfenite and mimetite is reported from the Los Galemes and Santa Rosa mines, Mazapil, Zacatecas.’
    • ‘Of particular interest is the large suite of secondary lead and copper minerals that can be found - most notably pyromorphite and wulfenite.’
    • ‘Included are marcasite and calcite from Goongewa zinc mine, wulfenite from Whim Creek copper mine, azurite from Teutonic Bore, and diamonds from Argyle diamond mine, along with a wide range of gold specimens from across the state.’
    • ‘The number, size, and perfection of flashy minerals such as wulfenite, rhodochrosite, and azurite coupled with their localities can be used to gauge dollars spent and perhaps the age of the collection.’
    • ‘Those who went had five stops on the trip and collected celestine, ulexite, malachite, duftite, alunite, rosasite, barite, cerussite, smithsonite, and wulfenite.’
    • ‘The gold from Mammoth is fine grained; however, some aesthetic gold wires on cerussite and wulfenite survive in collections today.’
    • ‘I knew that in the early days of mining, pyromorphite and wulfenite were of no commercial value, so I had hopes of finding specimens in the tailings at Loudville.’
    • ‘The microcrystals of wulfenite ranged in color from white to yellow to bright orange.’
    • ‘Tiny pyromorphite crystals associated with wulfenite have been found in road cuts near Cranston, Rhode Island.’
    • ‘I still have a wonderful, butterscotch Ahumada mine wulfenite I purchased there many years ago.’
    • ‘Although anglesite and cerussite are found at Loudville, the two most sought-after minerals are pyromorphite and wulfenite.’
    • ‘Good mimetite associated with descloizite, vanadinite, and wulfenite has been produced in recent years from the Aurora mine, Cuchillo Parado, Chihuahua.’
    • ‘Rather crude crystals, occasionally associated with wulfenite, have been collected at the Mammoth-St. Anthony mine, Pinal County.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from the name of F. X. von Wulfen (1728–1805), Austrian scientist, + -ite.

Pronunciation

wulfenite

/ˈwo͝olfəˌnīt/