PRONUNCIATION: (koh/kuh-PUHR-ni-kuhn)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Very important; radically different; paradigm shifting.
2. Relating to Copernicus or his theory that the earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun.

ETYMOLOGY: After the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) whose heliocentric views were considered revolutionary in a world that believed in the geocentric model. Earliest documented use: 1667.

KAEPERNICAN - placing principles above financial gain; “putting one’s money where one’s mouth is”

COPPERNICAN - a special battery made from copper, nickel, and calcium

COPER-NICIAN - one who is expert in dealing with adversity