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 Copes’mate (2 syl.).Copper (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cophet’ua.
 
An imaginary king of Africa, of great wealth, who “disdained all womankind.” One day he saw a beggar-girl from his window, and fell in love with her. He asked her name; it was Penel’ophon, called by Shakespeare Xenel’ophon (Love’s Labour’s Lost, iv. 1). They lived together long and happily, and at death were universally lamented. (Percy’s Reliques, book ii. 6.)   1
       
“King Cophetua loved the beggar-maid.”
       
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet. ii. 1.
 


 Copes’mate (2 syl.).Copper (A). 

 
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