[[t]koʊˈpɜr nɪ kən, kə-[/t]] adj.
1) of or pertaining to Copernicus or his theories
2) important and radically different:
a Copernican revolution in modern art[/ex]
Etymology: 1660–70

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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