[kyoo-pree-uh s, koo-]
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Origin of cupreous

1660–70; < Late Latin cupreus, equivalent to cupr(um) copper1 + -eus -eous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cupreous

cupreous, cupriferous, cuprous

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British Dictionary definitions for cupreous


  1. of, consisting of, containing, or resembling copper; coppery
  2. of the reddish-brown colour of copper

Word Origin for cupreous

C17: from Late Latin cupreus, from cuprum copper 1
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Word Origin and History for cupreous

1660s, from Late Latin cupreus "of copper," from cuprum, alternative form of cyprum "copper" (see copper (n.1)). Related: Cupric (1799).

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