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Copt

[kopt] /kɒpt/
noun
1.
a member of the Coptic Church.
2.
a native Egyptian claiming descent from the ancient Egyptians.
Also, Copht.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Arabic qubṭ, back formation from qubṭī < Coptic kyptios, variant of gyptios < Greek Aigýptios Egyptian
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Copt

/kɒpt/
noun
1.
a member of the Coptic Church
2.
an Egyptian descended from the ancient Egyptians
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic qubt Copts, from Coptic kyptios Egyptian, from Greek Aiguptios, from Aiguptos Egypt
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Word Origin and History for Copt
n.

"native monophosyte Christian of Egypt," 1610s, from Modern Latin Coptus, from Arabic quft, probably from Coptic gyptios, from Greek Agyptios "Egyptian." Arabic has no -p- and often substitutes -f- or -b- for it. Related: Coptic.

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