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An amorphous clayey rock that is the chief commercial ore of aluminum. It consists largely of hydrated alumina with variable proportions of iron oxides.
- ‘The principal economic activities and primary sources of foreign exchange are bauxite mining and alumina production, tourism, and sugar and banana exports.’
- ‘It is among the world's leading producers of bauxite and alumina, which are exported to Canada, Norway, and the United States.’
- ‘The major exports are bauxite and alumina, apparel, sugar, bananas, coffee, citrus and citrus products, rum, cocoa, and labor.’
- ‘East of Budapest there was still bauxite and coal deposition.’
- ‘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 southeastern France, near which it was first found) + -ite.
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