Origin of molybdenum
New Latin, from molybdena, a lead ore, molybdenite, molybdenum, from Latin molybdaena galena, from Greek molybdaina, from molybdos lead
First Known Use: 1814
MOLYBDENUM Defined for Kids
Definition of molybdenum for Students
: a white metallic chemical element used in some steel to give greater strength and hardness
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