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Copper is often described as a "red" metal, though its actual color is an orange-red of lower intensity, not a bright signal red. It is not a spectral color by any means, but a particular impure one requiring its own name, such as "copper-red." The red color is produced by the density of electrons being insufficient to cause a high plasma frequency, so the shorter wavelengths are not reflected as efficiently as the longer, redder ones. The red color is unique to copper and its alloys.