Molybdenum Definition

A very hard, lustrous, silver-white metallic chemical element, used in alloys, points for spark plugs, etc.: symbol, Mo; at. no. 42
Webster's New World
  • atomic number 42
  • m.o.

Origin of Molybdenum

  • New Latin from earlier molybdena lead ore from Latin molybdaena galena from Greek molubdaina from molubdos lead probably from Lydian mariwda dark

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin molybdenum, from Ancient Greek μόλυβδος (molubdos, “lead"), because the two elements are so similar they were often confused.

    From Wiktionary

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