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bauxite

[ bawk-sahyt, boh-zahyt ]
/ ˈbɔk saɪt, ˈboʊ zaɪt /
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noun

a rock consisting of aluminum oxides and hydroxides with various impurities: the principal ore of aluminum.

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Origin of bauxite

1860–65; named after Les Baux, near Arles in S France; see -ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM bauxite

baux·it·ic [bawk-sit-ik, boh-zit-], /bɔkˈsɪt ɪk, boʊˈzɪt-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bauxite

bauxite
/ (ˈbɔːksaɪt) /

noun

a white, red, yellow, or brown amorphous claylike substance comprising aluminium oxides and hydroxides, often with such impurities as iron oxides. It is the chief ore of aluminium. General formula: Al 2 O 3 . n H 2 O

Word Origin for bauxite

C19: from French, from (Les) Baux in southern France, where it was originally found
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Scientific definitions for bauxite

bauxite
[ bôksīt′ ]

A soft, whitish to reddish-brown rock consisting mainly of hydrous aluminum oxides and aluminum hydroxides along with silica, silt, iron hydroxides, and clay minerals. Bauxite forms from the breakdown of clays and is a major source of aluminum.
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