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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cop"per
  1. A common metal of a reddish color, both ductile and malleable, and very tenacious. It is one of the best conductors of heat and electricity. Symbol Cu. Atomic weight 63.3. It is one of the most useful metals in itself, and also in its alloys, brass and bronze.
  2. A coin made of copper; a penny, cent, or other minor coin of copper.(Colloq)"My friends filled my pockets with coppers." [Franklin.]
  3. A vessel, especially a large boiler, made of copper.
  4. pl.[Naut] the boilers in the galley for cooking; as, a ship's coppers ."All in a hot and copper sky." [Coleridge.]

Note: ☞ Copper is the only metal which occurs native abundantly in large masses; it is found also in various ores, of which the most important are chalcopyrite, chalcocite, cuprite, and malachite. Copper mixed with tin forms bell metal; with a smaller proportion, bronze; and with zinc, it forms brass, pinchbeck, and other alloys.

Note: Copper is often used adjectively, commonly in the sense of made or consisting of copper, or resembling copper; as, a copper boiler, tube, etc.

Note: It is sometimes written in combination; as, copperplate, coppersmith, copper-colored.

Etymology: OE. copercf. D. koper, Sw. koppar, Dan. kobber, G. kupfer), LL. cuper, fr. L. cuprum for earlier Cyprium Cyprium aes, i.e., Cyprian brass, fr. Gr. � of Cyprus (Gr. �), anciently renowned for its copper mines. Cf. Cypreous

verb Cop"per
To cover or coat with copper; to sheathe with sheets of copper; as, to copper a ship.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of various small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae having coppery wings
  2. A reddish-brown color resembling the color of polished copper
  3. Uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
  4. A copper penny
  5. A ductile malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant diamagnetic metallic element; occurs in various minerals but is the only metal that occurs abundantly in large masses; used as an electrical and thermal conductor
  6. Coat with a layer of copper

From Middle English coper, from Old English coper, copor (“copper”), from Late Latin cuprum (“copper”), contraction of Latin aes Cyprium (literally “Cyprian brass”), from Ancient Greek Κύπρος (Kúpros, “Cyprus”). Cognate with Dutch koper (“copper”), German Kupfer (“copper”), Icelandic kopar (“copper”).

  1. (uncountable) a reddish-brown, malleable, ductile metallic element with high electrical and thermal conductivity, symbol Cu, and atomic number 29.
  2. (countable) Something made of copper.
  3. The reddish-brown colour/color of copper.
  4. (countable) A copper coin.
  5. (Britain, archaic) A large pot, often used for heating water or washing clothes over a fire. In Australasia at least, it could also be a fixed installation made of copper, with a fire underneath and its own chimney. Generally made redundant by the advent of the washing machine.
    Mum would heat the water in a in the kitchen and transfer it to the tin bath.
    I explain that socks can’t be boiled up in the with the sheets and towels or they shrink.

From cop (“to take, capture”, verb) +‎ -er (“agent suffix”)

  1. (slang, law enforcement) A police officer.

    Notable Persons Named Copper

    Copper was born on February 10th, 1891 in Toowoomba. Copper is also known as Kent, Allan W.; Kent, and Copper. He breathed his last breath in 1966.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Copper

    Basil Copper was a fantasy, horror fiction, and detective fiction author. Basil was born on February 5th, 1924 in London. He died on April 3rd, 2013.


    Terrance Copper is a football player. He was most prominent from 2004 to 2012. Terrance was born on March 12th, 1982 in Washington, North Carolina.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Copper U.S.
      White 56.84% 64.26%
      African American 36.69% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.40% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.96% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.43% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Copper are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Copper

    • How Popular is the name Copper? Copper is the 22,810th most popular name of all time. As a last name Copper was the 10,030th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Copper have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 275 babies born with the first name Copper in the United States. That's more than enough people named Copper to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Copper? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1978 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Copper first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Copper is Sunday, October 18th, 1896.
    • What year had the most people named Copper born? The highest recorded use of the first name Copper was in 2016 with a total of 30 babies.
    • Random Copper Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Copper is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2012.
    • Weird things about the name Copper: Your name in reverse order is Reppoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Epproc. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Copper? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,211 people with the last name Copper.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Copper? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Copper as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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