bauxite

noun
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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Other Words from bauxite

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

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Last fall, Huawei completed the undersea link from the northeast coast of Brazil to Kribi in Cameroon; there, CMA CGM is part of a Chinese group that began work in 2011 on a new deep-water port to handle bauxite, iron ore, and other mineral exports. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "How China Weaponized the Global Supply Chain," 20 June 2019 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, Cincinnati.com, "Recycling is easier — and better for the environment — than you think," 5 July 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 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 Many residents of affluent Jefferson County say the jobs are not worth burning 84 tons of coal each day by a foreign manufacturer that wants to turn basalt, olivine sand and bauxite into super-efficient insulation. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Insulation plant divides community in West Virginia," 9 June 2019 Last fall, Huawei completed the undersea link from the northeast coast of Brazil to Kribi in Cameroon; there, CMA CGM is part of a Chinese group that began work in 2011 on a new deep-water port to handle bauxite, iron ore, and other mineral exports. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "How China Weaponized the Global Supply Chain," 20 June 2019 Guinea is a hotbed of mining activity in recent months as aluminum firms from the U.S., China and Russia, try to carve out a piece of its massive bauxite-ore deposits used to produce alumina and aluminum. Costas Paris, WSJ, "China’s Cosco Plans to Buy 25 Ships to Move Bauxite from Africa," 2 Nov. 2018 Rio Tinto is building a bauxite pit in Australia and an underground copper mine in Mongolia. Scott Patterson, WSJ, "Miners Spend on Shareholders, Not Projects," 8 Aug. 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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bauxite

noun

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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