velocipede

[vuh-los-uh-peed]
noun
1.
a vehicle, usually having two or three wheels, that is propelled by the rider.
2.
an early kind of bicycle or tricycle.
3.
a light, three-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle for railway inspection, used for carrying one person on a railroad track.

Origin:
1810–20; < French vélocipède bicycle, equivalent to véloci- (< Latin, stem of vēlōx quick) + -pède -ped

velocipedist, noun
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velocipede (vɪˈlɒsɪˌpiːd)
 
n
1.  an early form of bicycle propelled by pushing along the ground with the feet
2.  any early form of bicycle or tricycle
 
[C19: from French vélocipède, from Latin vēlōx swift + pēs foot]
 
ve'locipedist
 
n

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velocipede
1819, "wheeled vehicle propelled by the feet on the ground," from Fr. vélocipède, from L. velox (gen. velocis) "swift" + pedem, acc. of pes "foot." Applied to an early kind of bicycle or tricycle in 1849.
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Example sentences for Velocipedes
The event was for velocipedes, crude wooden machines with pedals on the front wheels.
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