Kopecks

kopeck

[koh-pek]
noun
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; < 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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kopeck, kopek or copeck (ˈkəʊpɛk)
 
n
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
 
[Russian kopeika, from kopye lance; so called because of the representation of Tsar Ivan IV on the coin with a lance in his hand]
 
kopek, kopek or copeck
 
n
 
[Russian kopeika, from kopye lance; so called because of the representation of Tsar Ivan IV on the coin with a lance in his hand]
 
copeck, kopek or copeck
 
n
 
[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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kopeck
1/100 of a ruble, from Rus. kopeika, from kop'e "lance" (cognate with Gk. kopis "chopper, cleaver"); so called because the coin showed the czar with lance in hand.
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