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  • n. cupronickel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Copper-nickel; niccolite. See niccolite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common German name of the mineral niccolite: so called because, though an ore of nickel, it has a coppery-red color.


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  • This was called kupfernickel which means Devil’s Copper.


  • The encyclopedia tells us that nickel obtained its name because the copper and silver miners in Saxony found that ore containing this substance gave them a great deal of trouble and when smelted produced a brittle, unfamiliar product which they called kupfernickel after old Nick and his mischievous gnomes and when a man named Cronsted isolated nickel itself in 1751, he applied the name of kupfernickel or copper nickel -- since abbreviated to nickel, the word which we use today.

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