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


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

Nearby words

baumé scale, bauru, bauson, bausond, bautzen, bauxite, bauxitic, bav., bavaria, bavarian, bavarian cream

Origin of bauxite

1860–65; named after Les Baux, near Arles in S France; see -ite1
Related formsbaux·it·ic [bawk-sit-ik, boh-zit-] /bɔkˈsɪt ɪk, boʊˈzɪt-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bauxite


/ (ˈbɔːksaɪt) /


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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Word Origin and History for bauxite



1861, clayey mineral containing aluminum, from French bauxite (1821), from Les Baux, near Soles, where it was first found. The place name is from Provençal Li Baus, literally "the precipices."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for 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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