copper


copper
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copper [1] NOUN 1) a red-brown metallic chemical element which is used for electrical wiring and as a component of brass and bronze. 2) (coppers) Brit. coins of low value made of copper or bronze. 3) Brit. dated a large copper or iron container for boiling laundry. 4) a reddish-brown colour.
VERB cover or coat with copper.
DERIVATIVES coppery adjective.
ORIGIN from Latin cyprium aes 'Cyprus metal' (so named because Cyprus was the chief source).
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copper [2] NOUN Brit. informal a police officer.
ORIGIN from COP(Cf. ↑cop).

English terms dictionary. 2015.

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