Definition of bauxite in English:



mass noun
  • An amorphous clayey rock that is the chief commercial ore of aluminium. It consists largely of hydrated alumina with variable proportions of iron oxides.

    • ‘It is among the world's leading producers of bauxite and alumina, which are exported to Canada, Norway, and the United States.’
    • ‘The principal economic activities and primary sources of foreign exchange are bauxite mining and alumina production, tourism, and sugar and banana exports.’
    • ‘East of Budapest there was still bauxite and coal deposition.’
    • ‘The major exports are bauxite and alumina, apparel, sugar, bananas, coffee, citrus and citrus products, rum, cocoa, and labor.’
    • ‘We also need information about whether this plant will be processing alumina, or bauxite; this can make a world of difference.’


Mid 19th century: from French, from Les Baux(the name of a village near Arles in SE France, near which it was first found) + -ite.