Vitreous copper
Copper Cop"per, n. [OE. coper (cf. 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}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

2. A coin made of copper; a penny, cent, or other minor coin of copper. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

My friends filled my pockets with coppers. --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

3. A vessel, especially a large boiler, made of copper. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Specifically (Naut.), the boilers in the galley for cooking; as, a ship's coppers. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

All in a hot and copper sky. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

Note: It is sometimes written in combination; as, copperplate, coppersmith, copper-colored. [1913 Webster]

{Copper finch}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Chaffinch}.

{Copper glance}, or {Vitreous copper}. (Min.) See {Chalcocite}.

{Indigo copper}. (Min.) See {Covelline}. [1913 Webster]


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  • vitreous copper — Chalcocite Chal co*cite, n. [Gr. chalko s brass.] (Min.) Native copper sulphide, called also {copper glance}, and {vitreous copper}; a mineral of a black color and metallic luster. [Formerly written {chalcosine}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Copper — Cop per, n. [OE. coper (cf. 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}.] 1. A …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Copper finch — Copper Cop per, n. [OE. coper (cf. 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Copper glance — Copper Cop per, n. [OE. coper (cf. 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • copper glance — Chalcocite Chal co*cite, n. [Gr. chalko s brass.] (Min.) Native copper sulphide, called also {copper glance}, and {vitreous copper}; a mineral of a black color and metallic luster. [Formerly written {chalcosine}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vitreous enamel — In a discussion of material science, enamel (or vitreous enamel or porcelain enamel in U.S. English) is the colorful result of fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 degrees Celsius. The powder melts and flows …   Wikipedia

  • Indigo copper — Copper Cop per, n. [OE. coper (cf. 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} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • White copper — White White (hw[imac]t), a. [Compar. {Whiter} (hw[imac]t [ e]r); superl. {Whitest}.] [OE. whit, AS. hw[imac]t; akin to OFries. and OS. hw[=i]t, D. wit, G. weiss, OHG. w[=i]z, hw[=i]z, Icel. hv[=i]tr, Sw. hvit, Dan. hvid, Goth. hweits, Lith.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chalcocite — General Category Sulfide minerals Chemical formula copper(I) sulfide: Cu …   Wikipedia

  • Chalcocite — Chal co*cite, n. [Gr. chalko s brass.] (Min.) Native copper sulphide, called also {copper glance}, and {vitreous copper}; a mineral of a black color and metallic luster. [Formerly written {chalcosine}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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