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[kyoo-prif-er-uh s, koo-]
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  1. containing or yielding copper.
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Origin of cupriferous

First recorded in 1775–85; cupri- + -ferous
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Related Words for cupriferous

cupreous, cupriferous, cuprous

Examples from the Web for cupriferous

Historical Examples of cupriferous

  • The yield of the argentiferous and cupriferous ores, proved, alas!

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

    Thomas Wright

  • On ore smelting he describes the reduction of iron and lead ores and cupriferous silver or gold ores with lead.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cupriferous


  1. (of a substance such as an ore) containing or yielding copper
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