baux·​ite | \ˈbȯk-ˌsīt, 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 , bäk-​ \ adjective

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Thursday’s report showed the dollar value of bauxite and aluminum imports increased in March from the prior month, as did imports of iron and steel mill products. Ben Leubsdorf, WSJ, "U.S. Foreign-Trade Deficit Narrowed in March," 3 May 2018 Mamady Camara, who was Guinea’s ambassador to South Africa, was named as the economy and finance minister for the country, which is a major producer of bauxite, aluminum and iron ore, said Radio Television Guineenne. Ougna Camara,, "Guinea Retains Mining Minister in Broad Cabinet Reshuffle," 26 May 2018 That process isn’t absolutely zero-impact, but that must be taken in the context of the effects of mining new bauxite ore, which then still has to be processed into aluminum. Stacey Mckenna,, "Recycling is easier — and better for the environment — than you think," 5 July 2018 Indeed, Guyana nationalized, and Jamaica partly nationalized, their bauxite mines in the 1970s. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Flaw in Trump’s National Security Tariffs Logic," 9 Mar. 2018 Mining, including the $2bn Ramu nickel mine in Papua New Guinea and gold and bauxite mines in Fiji, has also attracted Chinese capital. The Economist, "Australia is edgy about China’s growing presence on its doorstep," 19 Apr. 2018 Raw materials including coke, which helps to fuel iron-ore smelters, and caustic soda, used to extract alumina from bauxite, are also rocketing higher in price. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "What Goes Around Comes Around: Energy Prices Dig Into Miners’ Profits," 12 Mar. 2018 Sierra Leone has abundant natural wealth, including diamonds, bauxite and iron ore, but the country is one of the world’s poorest, with high rates of maternal and infant mortality. Jaime Yaya Barry, New York Times, "Opposition Leader Is Sworn In as Sierra Leone’s President," 4 Apr. 2018 The factory, with its 15 hulking concrete silos as tall as eight-story buildings, used to import bauxite ore mined from West Africa and Australia. Keith Bradsher And Ailin Tang, New York Times, "Trump Condemns Chinese Factories. China Is Already Closing Some.," 13 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of bauxite

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

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