from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) Copper-nickel; niccolite. See niccolite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic cupronickel


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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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  • Copper nickel. Also known as Devil's copper. devil's copper

    The link for devil's copper sends one to devil only. Wordnik seems to have a problem with apostrophes. This isn't the first time an apostrophe has made an entry go haywire.

    February 11, 2016