Copper (pronEng|ˈkɒpɚ) is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (lang-la|cuprum) and atomic number 29.


During the Roman Empire, copper was principally mined on Cyprus, hence the origin of the name of the metal as Cyprium, "metal of Cyprus", later shortened to Cuprum.


It is a ductile metal with excellent electrical conductivity and ductility. Therefore it finds use as electrical conductors in industries and also as decorative uses in buildings etc.


Copper has played a significant part in the history of mankind, which has used the easily accessible uncompounded metal for thousands of years. Several early civilizations have evidence of using copper.


Copper also has a significant presence as a decorative metal art in buildings due to its ductility. It can also be used as an anti-germ surface that can add to the anti-bacterial and antimicrobial features in hospitals. It is also used in utensils in kitchens, becuase of its heat conducting properties and ductility. Its use in coins, in one form or the other, is well known.

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