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Topic: POLICE

Language: Old English
Origin: coper, from Late Latin cuprum, from Latin (aes) Cyprium 'metal of Cyprus, copper'

copper

noun
     
cop‧per
1 [uncountable]HCE a soft reddish-brown metal that allows electricity and heat to pass through it easily, and is used to make electrical wires, water pipes etc. It is a chemical element: symbol Cu
2

coppers

[plural] British EnglishPEC money of low value made of copper or bronze:
He offered to do the job for a few coppers.
3 [uncountable]CC a reddish-brown colour:
her copper hair
4 [countable]SCP British English informal a police officer
coppery adjective:
coppery skin
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