Copt

Copt

[kopt]
noun
1.
a member of the Coptic Church.
2.
a native Egyptian claiming descent from the ancient Egyptians.
Also, Copht.


Origin:
1605–15; < Arabic qubṭ, back formation from qubṭī < Coptic kyptios, variant of gyptios < Greek Aigýptios Egyptian

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Copt (kɒpt)
 
n
1.  a member of the Coptic Church
2.  an Egyptian descended from the ancient Egyptians
 
[C17: from Arabic qubt Copts, from Coptic kyptios Egyptian, from Greek Aiguptios, from Aiguptos Egypt]

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Copt
"native monophosyte Christian of Egypt," 1610s, from Mod.L. Coptus, from Arabic quft, probably from Coptic gyptios, from Gk. Agyptios "Egyptian." Arabic has no -p- and often substitutes -f- or -b- for it. Related: Coptic (1670s).
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