baux·​ite | \ ˈbȯk-ˌsīt How to pronounce bauxite (audio) , ˈbäk- \

Definition of bauxite

: an impure mixture of earthy hydrous aluminum oxides and hydroxides that is the principal source of aluminum

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bauxitic \ bȯk-​ˈsi-​tik How to pronounce bauxitic (audio) , bäk-​ \ adjective

Examples of bauxite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in Guinea, which supplies Rusal, a Russian aluminium firm, with 27% of its bauxite, Russia is supporting efforts by President Alpha Condé to defy the constitution and run for a third term. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin flaunts Russia’s increasing influence in Africa," 24 Oct. 2019 Montenegro sits on significant deposits of minerals such as bauxite and possibly rare-earth elements. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "Mike Pompeo’s View of China," 7 Nov. 2019 Last week protesters attempted to tear up Rusal’s bauxite-transporting railway line. The Economist, "The Kremlin is encouraging Guinea’s president to ditch the constitution," 21 Oct. 2019 Last year Ghana signed a memorandum with China to explore Ghana’s deposits of bauxite—the primary ore in aluminum. Alfred Oteng-yeboah, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s pact with China for bauxite mining threatens to ravage a biodiverse forest," 21 Aug. 2019 Imports of iron and steel mill products fell a seasonally adjusted 19% in June from May to $1.48 billion, while imports of bauxite and aluminum were down 10% at $1.25 billion. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "U.S. Trade Gap Widened in June," 3 Aug. 2018 The Ghanaian Parliament has passed the Ghana Bauxite Integrated Aluminum Industry Act which would provide a legal framework to exploit country’s bauxite deposits. Alfred Oteng-yeboah, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s pact with China for bauxite mining threatens to ravage a biodiverse forest," 21 Aug. 2019 Under the memorandum Ghana will cede 5% of its bauxite resources to the Chinese. Alfred Oteng-yeboah, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s pact with China for bauxite mining threatens to ravage a biodiverse forest," 21 Aug. 2019 About 14% of vanadium comes directly from mines, and can be found alongside more common commodities, including iron ore, uranium, coal, oil and aluminum ingredient bauxite. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of bauxite

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bauxite

French bauxite, from Les Baux, near Arles, France

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The first known use of bauxite was in 1861

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28 Dec 2019

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“Bauxite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bauxite

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

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