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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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Definitions of molybdenum from WordNet

molybdenum (n.)
a polyvalent metallic element that resembles chromium and tungsten in its properties; used to strengthen and harden steel;
Synonyms: Mo / atomic number "
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