Definition of bauxite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɔːksaɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːksaɪt//
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a soft mineral from which aluminium / aluminum is obtained Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French, from Les Baux (the name of a village near Arles in SE France, near which it was first found) + -ite.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bauxite