- a rock consisting of aluminum oxides and hydroxides with various impurities: the principal ore of aluminum.
Origin of bauxite
1860–65; named after Les Baux, near Arles in S France; see -ite1
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Bauxite or aluminum ore is mined in France, and 60 per cent.A Journey Through France in War Time
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The bauxite is in beds or strata which often cover the hills like a blanket.Diggers in the Earth
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Bauxite is exported to Canadian makers of aluminum and abrasives.
The complete gradation from syenite to bauxite has been shown.
France also has important reserves of bauxite in French Guiana.
- 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
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
- 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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