Etymology
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molybdenum (n.)

silvery-white metallic element, 1816, from molybdena (1690s), a name used generally for lead-like minerals, from Latinized form of Greek molybdos "lead," also "black graphite," probably borrowed from an Anatolian language. The element was so called because of its resemblance to lead ore. Related: Molybdenous; molybdic.

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