Definition of copious
- a copious harvest
- copious springs
- copious references to other writers
- … Shakespeare, whose soul was so copious …
- —Gilbert Highet
- a copious talker
- copious weeping
- copious food and drink
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The storm produced a copious amount of rain.
She sat in the front row and took copious notes during the lecture.
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Copious derives from Latin copia ("abundance"), which in turn combines the prefix co- and ops ("wealth" or "power"). "Copious" and "opulent" (also from "ops"), along with "ample," "plentiful," and "abundant," all mean "more than sufficient." "Ample" implies a generous sufficiency to satisfy a particular requirement ("ample proof"). "Copious" puts emphasis upon largeness of supply more than on fullness or richness ("copious toasts to the bride and groom"). "Plentiful" implies a rich, and usually more than sufficient, supply ("a plentiful supply of textbooks"). "Abundant" suggests a greater or richer supply than "plentiful" does ("moved by the abundant offers to help"). But use "opulent" when the supply is both abundant and infused with a richness that allows an extra measure of gratification ("the opulent blossoms of the cherry trees").
: very large in amount or number
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