One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or like copper.
- ‘Placed within a chronological framework, a clear development of the cupreous male figure is evident.’
- ‘She stopped besides him and looked down at him with one cupreous eyebrow raised.’
- ‘in this monastery: one is a 3.5-meter porcelain Buddha, the other is 7-meter 14-storied cupreous tower and another one is 2.3-meter great cupreous bell weighing 25 tons.’
- ‘Electrolytic reduction of cupreous metals is also carried out in the same manner as described for iron.’
- ‘The crucifix is made of a copper alloy or cupreous material, and has a broken attachment loop.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin cupreus (from cuprum ‘copper’) + -ous.
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