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kopeck

[koh-pek] /ˈkoʊ pɛk/
noun
1.
an aluminum-bronze coin of Russia, the Soviet Union, and its successor states, the 100th part of a ruble.
Also, kopek, copeck.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Russian kopéĭka, equivalent to kopʾë lance, spear + -ka diminutive suffix; so called from the lance with which the figure on the coin was armed
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British Dictionary definitions for kopeck

kopeck

/ˈkəʊpɛk/
noun
1.
a monetary unit of Russia and Belarus worth one hundredth of a rouble: coins are still used as tokens for coin-operated machinery although the kopeck itself is virtually valueless
Word Origin
Russian kopeika, from kopye lance; so called because of the representation of Tsar Ivan IV on the coin with a lance in his hand
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Word Origin and History for kopeck
n.

1/100 of a ruble, from Russian kopeika, from kop'e "lance" (cognate with Greek kopis "chopper, cleaver;" see hatchet); so called because the coin showed the czar with lance in hand.

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