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
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- noun archaic
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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.