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 bauxitic (audio) , bäk-​ \ adjective

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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 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

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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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