[kyoo-prif-er-uh s, koo-]
- containing or yielding copper.
Origin of cupriferous
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Examples from the Web for cupriferous
The yield of the argentiferous and cupriferous ores, proved, alas!The Life of Sir Richard Burton
On ore smelting he describes the reduction of iron and lead ores and cupriferous silver or gold ores with lead.De Re Metallica
Copper silicates occur in the mineral kingdom, many minerals owing their colour to the presence of a cupriferous element.
A cupriferous variety, from Jalpa in Tabasco, Mexico, is known as jalpaite.
The lower part of this stratum shows symptoms of the cupriferous schist that lies underneath.
- (of a substance such as an ore) containing or yielding copper
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