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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Copious, -ios, a. Also: copius, copeus. [ME. copious (1382), L. copiōsus, F. copieux.] Copious, abundant, rich. 1513 Doug. i. Prol. 58.
Of thy copios fouth or plenitude
1533 Boece ii. viii. 72.
Be thame ane copios armye … was contractit
Ib. vii. vi. 232.
The ryver of Quhabir copios in salmond
1535 Stewart 32943.
Als copius thair blude ran in the streit, As ony burne efter ane schour of weit
1549 Compl. 17/9.
Oure scottis tong is nocht sa copeus as is the lateen tong
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 138.
The most copious auditore being thair present
1596 Dalr. II. 2/28.
Edward … gathiris a copious and strang armie

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