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 bauxite (audio) , bäk-​ \ adjective

Examples of bauxite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The country is braced for a rapid transitioning from a relatively poor exporter of sugar, gold and bauxite, into one of South America’s richest countries. Kevin Crowley,, "Economy With 86% GDP Growth Votes for Leader to Manage Oil Boom," 29 Apr. 2020 Some in Guyana worry that the government’s preoccupation with oil is already displacing resources from the country’s traditional industries — sugar, rice, bauxite and gold — which are the country’s largest sources of employment. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Oil Bonanza Plunges Guyana Into Political Crisis," 5 Mar. 2020 The Ghanain government is also considering plans to sell some of that land to Chinese developers to mine for bauxite, a mineral important for creating aluminum. National Geographic, "Togo slippery frog," 2 Mar. 2020 Income from tourism and bauxite, the main earners of foreign exchange, had plunged in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. The Economist, "Jamaica’s tumultuous relationship with the IMF has a happy ending," 9 Nov. 2019 Elsewhere, bauxite mining has had devastating consequences. Stacey Knott, Washington Post, "Mining Ghana’s bauxite would bring in billions from China. But it could also taint the water for 5 million people.," 28 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Bauxite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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