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From Middle High German kopf (drinking vessel), from Old High German kopf, chopf, kupf (mug, bowl, head), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Late Latin cuppa, probably a form of Latin cūpa (tub) from Proto-Indo-European *kewp- (a hollow); related to English cup. Compare English noggin, and mug. French tête. Alternatively it is inherited from Proto-Germanic *kuppaz (round object, bowl, crown of the head), whilst influenced by the aforesaid Latin word, and if so then related to obsolete English cop (the crown (of the head); the head)