Origin of molybdenumModL: so named (1781) by K. W. Scheele (see scheelite) from molybdaena, molybdenite, term used because of resemblance to lead ore from Classical Latin molybdaena, lead, galena from Classical Greek molybdaina, piece of lead from molybdos, lead
Origin of molybdenumNew Latin from earlier molybdena lead ore from Latin molybdaena galena from Greek molubdaina from molubdos lead probably from Lydian mariwda dark
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- A metallic chemical element (symbol Mo) with an atomic number of 42.
From New Latin molybdenum, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÏŒÎ»Ï…Î²Î´Î¿Ï‚ (molubdos, “lead"), because the two elements are so similar they were often confused.