cu·​prite ˈkyü-ˌprīt How to pronounce cuprite (audio)
: a red mineral consisting of copper oxide that is a minor ore of copper

Examples of cuprite in a Sentence

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Word History


German Kuprit, from Late Latin cuprum

First Known Use

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cuprite was circa 1850

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“Cuprite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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cu·​prite ˈk(y)ü-ˌprīt How to pronounce cuprite (audio)
: a red mineral that is an oxide of copper and an ore of copper

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