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Definition of "alumina" []

  • Any of several forms of aluminum oxide, Al2O3, occurring naturally as corundum, in a hydrated form in bauxite, and with various impurities as ruby, sapphire, and emery, used in aluminum production and in abrasives, refractories, ceramics, and electrical insulation. Also called aluminum oxide. (noun)

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Use "alumina" in a sentence
  • "Alcoa is also expected to benefit from the rise in alumina, a key raw material that is used to make aluminum."
  • ""The primary reason we see gradually declining prices is the 60% increase in Chinese alumina capacity to about 22% of available world alumina supply," they wrote."
  • "In both cases, much of the pollution comes from the waste left after alumina, which is used to manufacture aluminum, is extracted from bauxite ore."