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}.] 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Copper finch — Finch Finch (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. {Finches} (f[i^]nch [e^]z). [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • copper finch — Chaffinch Chaf finch, n. [Cf. {Chiff chaff}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of Europe ({Fringilla c[oe]lebs}), having a variety of very sweet songs, and highly valued as a cage bird; called also {copper finch}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • copper finch — noun : chaffinch …   Useful english dictionary

  • Finch — (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. {Finches} (f[i^]nch [e^]z). [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family {Fringillid[ae]}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Finch falcon — Finch Finch (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. {Finches} (f[i^]nch [e^]z). [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family… …   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 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

  • Bramble finch — Finch Finch (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. {Finches} (f[i^]nch [e^]z). [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canary finch — Finch Finch (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. {Finches} (f[i^]nch [e^]z). [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diamond finch — Finch Finch (f[i^]nch), n.; pl. {Finches} (f[i^]nch [e^]z). [AS. finc; akin to D. vink, OHG. fincho, G. fink; cf. W. pinc a finch; also E. spink.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small singing bird of many genera and species, belonging to the family… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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