Definition of copious in English:
- A sensible approach was taken to the game and copious quantities of water were supplied to the players in an effort to stop them dehydrating.
- On the other hand, the King Cobra, which has a relatively less potent venom, injects a copious quantity in one bite.
- It has a year-long mild climate, copious supplies of fresh water, vegetation and trees that contain plenty of good things to eat.
Copious is from Latin copia ‘plenty’, also found in the symbol of fruitfulness the cornucopia (late 16th century) or ‘horn of plenty’, and in copy (Late Middle English). The radical change of meaning from the Latin came about because copia had a secondary meaning of ‘permission, licence, opportunity’. Latin phrases such as copiam describendi facere ‘permission to make a transcription’ led to copia being used in medieval Latin to mean a copy.
- Example sentences
- He classifies style according to its copiousness (its quantity of words and figures) and its energy.
- I consider [purism] as destroying the nerve and beauty of language, while the other improves both, and adds to its copiousness.
- It exhibits, he writes, ‘a vehemence and rapidity of mind, a copiousness of images, and vivacity of diction.’
Words that rhyme with copiousGropius, Procopius
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