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[kyoo-pree-uh s, koo-]
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  1. copper-colored; metallic reddish-brown.
  2. consisting of or containing copper; copperlike.
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Origin of cupreous

1660–70; < Late Latin cupreus, equivalent to cupr(um) copper1 + -eus -eous
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Related Words

cupreous, cupriferous, cuprous

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Historical Examples

  • The cupreous precipitate must be triturated with lime, after it is nearly dry, to bring out the fine velvety blue colour.

    A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines

    Andrew Ure

  • Copper was named after Venus, and cupreous salts were known as venereal salts.

  • These crystals are merely some of the cupreous salt forced over by the heat.

  • Finally they must be winced through dilute sulphuric acid to clear up the white, by removing the cupreous tinge.

British Dictionary definitions for cupreous


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

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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