Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Russian unit of currency equal to 1/100 of the ruble.

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  • noun A Russian monetary unit equal to one hundredth of a ruble.
  • noun Same as kopiyka, a Ukrainian monetary unit equal to one hundredth of a hryvnia.

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  • noun 100 kopecks equal 1 ruble in Russia

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Russian kopeĭka, from Middle Russian kopeika, from kopie, spear (from the image of St. George, patron saint of Moscow, on horseback holding a spear that appeared on the coins from their introduction in 1535 until the early 1800s ).]

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From Russian копейка, from копьё ("spear") (from the image of a rider with a spear on the coins minted by Moscow after the capture of Novgorod in 1478).

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