bauxite

noun baux·ite \ ˈbȯk-ˌsīt , ˈbäk- \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018

Definition of bauxite

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

bauxitic

play \bȯk-ˈsi-tik, bäk-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of bauxite

French bauxite, from Les Baux, near Arles, France


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


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