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Copper, Cyprus, and a little… iron

Copper, Cyprus, and a little… iron

The word ‘copper’ comes from the Latin form of the name of the island of Cyprus, where this metal was mined in ancient times. In Latin, 'aes' meant copper and thus, 'Cyprium aes' meant 'Cyprian copper'. However, as bronze, copper's alloy with tin, became far more extensively used than pure copper, the meaning of 'aes' […]