a plate of polished copper on which a writing, picture, or design is made by engraving or etching.
a print or impression from such a plate.
engraving or printing of this kind.
a fine, elegant style of handwriting.

1655–65; copper1 + plate1 Unabridged
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copperplate (ˈkɒpəˌpleɪt)
1.  a polished copper plate on which a design has been etched or engraved
2.  a print taken from such a plate
3.  a fine handwriting based upon that used on copperplate engravings

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From the outset, with his blotted and irregular attempts at copperplate handwriting, he mildly exasperated his teachers.
Tappan received a public school education followed by an apprenticeship to a copperplate printer and engraver.
The new process allowed him to illuminate his own manuscripts at home, using an acid- resistant varnish and copperplate.
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