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copious

[koh-pee-uh s] /ˈkoʊ pi əs/
adjective
1.
large in quantity or number; abundant; plentiful:
copious amounts of food.
2.
having or yielding an abundant supply:
a copious larder; a copious harvest.
3.
exhibiting abundance or fullness, as of thoughts or words.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cōpiōsus plentiful, rich, equivalent to cōpi(a) wealth (co- co- + op(s) Ops + -ia -ia) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
copiously, adverb
copiousness, copiosity
[koh-pee-os-i-tee] /ˌkoʊ piˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
overcopious, adjective
overcopiously, adverb
overcopiousness, noun
uncopious, adjective
Synonyms
1. bountiful. 2. See ample.
Antonyms
1. scanty, scarce. 3. meager.
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British Dictionary definitions for copiously

copious

/ˈkəʊpɪəs/
adjective
1.
abundant; extensive in quantity
2.
having or providing an abundant supply
3.
full of words, ideas, etc; profuse
Derived Forms
copiously, adverb
copiousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin cōpiōsus well supplied, from cōpia abundance, from ops wealth
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Word Origin and History for copiously

copious

adj.

mid-14c., from Latin copiosus "plentiful," from copia "an abundance, ample supply, profusion, plenty," from com- "with" (see com-) + ops (genitive opis) "power, wealth, resources," from PIE root *op- "to work, produce in abundance" (see opus). Related: Copiously.

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