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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COPPER

"And copper's up two points to-day," said Percival, cheerfully.

The movements in Copper and Cordage Trust stocks are purely speculative.

Here's copper just closed at 93, after opening strong this morning at 105.

"Why, he copped the copper's kale," Aggie translated, glibly.

Since then we have greatly diminished the iron and increased the copper.

His face changed from its copper color to a dull, waxy yellow.

It was simply a copper wire coated with gutta-percha, without any other protection.

The Father of the Marshalsea had never been offered tribute in copper yet.

So, he got the copper and the nails and the pot and the rat that could speak, and the Devil vanished.

Master Lukas, who engraves in copper, asked me as his guest.

WORD ORIGIN

malleable metallic element, Old English coper, from West Germanic *kupar (cf. Middle Dutch koper, Old Norse koparr, Old High German kupfar), from Late Latin cuprum, contraction of Latin Cyprium (aes) "Cyprian (metal)," after Greek Kyprios "Cyprus" (see Cyprus).

Latin aes originally was "copper," but this was extended to its alloy with tin, bronze, and as this was far more extensively used than pure copper, the word's primary sense shifted to the alloy and a new word evolved for "copper," from the Latin form of the name of the island of Cyprus, where copper was mined. Aes passed into Germanic (which originally did not distinguish copper from its alloys) and became English ore. In Latin, aes was the common word for "cash, coin, debt, wages" in many figurative expressions. Chemical symbol Cu is from cuprum.

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