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bicameral legislature


a governmental body with two houses or chambers, such as the US Congress or British Parliament's 21st Century Lexicon
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bicameral legislature [(beye-kam-uhr-uhl)]

A legislature with two houses, or chambers. The British parliament is a bicameral legislature, made up of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Likewise, the United States Congress is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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