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[kyoo-prahyt, koo-]
  1. a mineral, cuprous oxide, Cu2O, occurring in red crystals and brown to black granular masses: an ore of copper.
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Origin of cuprite

First recorded in 1840–50; cupr- + -ite1
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Historical Examples of cuprite

  • The most important cuprous compound is the oxide (Cu2O), which occurs in nature as ruby copper or cuprite.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

    William McPherson

British Dictionary definitions for cuprite


  1. a red secondary mineral consisting of cuprous oxide in cubic crystalline form: a source of copper. Formula: Cu 2 O
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