wul·​fen·​ite ˈwu̇l-fə-ˌnīt How to pronounce wulfenite (audio)
: a tetragonal mineral that is a complex oxide of lead and molybdenum and occurs especially in bright orange-yellow tabular crystals

Word History


German Wulfenit, from F. X. von Wulfen †1805 Austrian mineralogist

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wulfenite was in 1849

Dictionary Entries Near wulfenite

Cite this Entry

“Wulfenite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wulfenite. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on wulfenite

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!