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Where did Cyprus get its name?

Postby curiousabout » Sun Feb 20, 2005 9:31 pm

Was wondering the origin of the name Cyprus?

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Postby Aris » Mon Feb 21, 2005 1:14 am

Nobody really knows for sure :)

Some say the name Kypros (greek for Cyprus) was first Kryptos, meaning "hidden" in Greek, because it was hidden in the sea.

Cyprus had many names. Kypros was the one that the ancient Greeks, from the time of Homer, used to call the island.
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Postby metecyp » Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:07 am

I once heard that Cyprus comes from the word copper in Greek/Latin? That's why the Cyprus map in the RoC flag is yellow since copper is yellow. I might be wrong but that's what I remember.
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Postby turkcyp » Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:11 am

metecyp wrote:I once heard that Cyprus comes from the word copper in Greek/Latin? That's why the Cyprus map in the RoC flag is yellow since copper is yellow. I might be wrong but that's what I remember.


I heard the copper story as well.....
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Postby magikthrill » Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:35 am

I think that copper got its name from Cyprus and not vice versa. This is because copper comes from the latin term and not the greek.

But maybe I am wrong.
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Postby insan » Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:45 am

And I heard the cypress history...
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Postby Piratis » Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:23 am

I think that copper got its name from Cyprus and not vice versa.

yes, thats correct.
Copper got its name from the Romans, who called it the "ore of Cyprus" since Cyprus supplied almost all Rome's copper. In Latin, that's aes Cyprium. The Romans soon shortened that to cyprium and later corrupted it to cuprum and finally we anglicized it to "copper".
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Postby curiousabout » Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:16 am

Thank-you all!! :D

You were all great help! :P
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Postby coredump » Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:16 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyprus
The metal "copper" in the english languages stems from the Latin word Cyprus. Large deposits of copper are found on the island.
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