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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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 Alumina is a product of refining bauxite mined by companies including Rio Tinto PLC and Alcoa. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Aluminum Makers’ Profits Suffer as Prices Rise for Key Ingredient," 27 Sep. 2018 About seven billion metric tons, or a quarter of the world’s bauxite resources, are estimated to be in Guinea. Costas Paris, WSJ, "China’s Cosco Plans to Buy 25 Ships to Move Bauxite from Africa," 2 Nov. 2018 Alumina, produced from bauxite, is smelted to make aluminum. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Labor Unrest Strikes Mining Giants," 9 Aug. 2018 Chinese producers buy iron ore for steel from Australia, Brazil, India, Iran, South Africa, and Ukraine, and bauxite for aluminum from Australia, Brazil, and the poor West African nation of Guinea., "The Unintended Conesquences of Trump's Trade War," 12 Apr. 2018 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

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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

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

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