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  1. a member of the Coptic Church.
  2. a native Egyptian claiming descent from the ancient Egyptians.
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Origin of Copt

1605–15; < Arabic qubṭ, back formation from qubṭī < Coptic kyptios, variant of gyptios < Greek Aigýptios Egyptian
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  1. a member of the Coptic Church
  2. an Egyptian descended from the ancient Egyptians
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Word Origin

C17: from Arabic qubt Copts, from Coptic kyptios Egyptian, from Greek Aiguptios, from Aiguptos Egypt
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Word Origin and History for copt



"native monophosyte Christian of Egypt," 1610s, from Modern Latin Coptus, from Arabic quft, probably from Coptic gyptios, from Greek Agyptios "Egyptian." Arabic has no -p- and often substitutes -f- or -b- for it. Related: Coptic.

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