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copper

noun uk   /ˈkɒp.ər/ us    /ˈkɑː.pɚ/

copper noun (METAL)

B2 [U] ( symbol Cu) a chemical element that is a reddish-brown metal, used especially for making wire and coins: copper wire/pipes a copper alloy [U] the reddish-brown colour of the metal copper: The copper of Rosie's hair shone in the sunlight. [C usually plural] UK informal a brown coin of low value: I gave him a few coppers.
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copper noun (POLICE)

[C] UK informal a police officer
copper
adjective uk   us  
of the reddish-brown colour of the metal copper
Translations of “copper”
in Korean 구리…
in Arabic نُحاس…
in French cuivre, petite pièce…
in Turkish bakır, bozuk para, madeni para…
in Italian rame…
in Chinese (Traditional) 金屬, 銅, 紅棕色,紫銅色…
in Russian медь, медная монета, полицейский…
in Polish miedź, miedziak, gliniarz…
in Spanish cobre, penique, pela…
in Portuguese cobre…
in German das Kupfer, die Kupfermünze…
in Catalan coure…
in Japanese 銅…
in Chinese (Simplified) 金属, 铜, 红棕色,紫铜色…
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