bauxite /ˈbɔːksʌɪt/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. an amorphous clayey rock that is the chief commercial ore of aluminium. It consists largely of hydrated alumina with variable proportions of iron oxides.
II. derivatives


– origin mid 19th cent.: from French, from Les Baux (the name of a village near Arles in SE France, near which it was first found) + -ite1.

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