bauxite


baux·ite

noun \ˈbk-ˌsīt, ˈbäk-\

: a soft substance that looks like clay and that is the source of aluminum

Full Definition of BAUXITE

:  an impure mixture of earthy hydrous aluminum oxides and hydroxides that is the principal source of aluminum
baux·it·ic \bk-ˈsi-tik, bäk-\ adjective

Origin of BAUXITE

French bauxite, from Les Baux, near Arles, France
First Known Use: 1861

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bauxite

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Most important aluminum ore, of varying compositions in which aluminum hydroxide or aluminum oxide predominate (named for Les Baux in southern France, where the ore was identified in 1821). The other constituents are largely iron oxide, silica, and titania. Bauxite has been found in all the continents except Antarctica. Known deposits can supply the world with aluminum for hundreds of years at present production levels.

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