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[bahy-ped] /ˈbaɪ pɛd/ Zoology
a two-footed animal.
having two feet.
Origin of biped
1640-50; < Latin biped- (stem of bipēs) two-footed. See bi-1, -ped Unabridged
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  • In short, the biped attitude was much the best suited to its organization and the one it was most likely to assume.

    Man And His Ancestor Charles Morris
  • What difference to the vampire, whether its victim be a biped or quadruped?

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • With instinct ampeline he felt that his only chance of advancing in the manner of a biped lay or stood in his bamboo.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • As it is, the quadruped will disappear before the biped native.

  • The gibbon, better adapted to biped progression, and having a less heavy jaw, has no skull-crests.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • By this time everyone must know that woman, like man, is a biped.

    The Arena Various
  • The biped stopped, and the Triomed could smell his sudden fear.

    The Invader Alfred Coppel
  • And the four-footed demon growled in response to the biped one.

  • Having probably never seen a biped before, both animals 195were consumed with curiosity and comparatively unafraid.

    Unexplored! Allen Chaffee
British Dictionary definitions for biped


any animal with two feet
having two feet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for biped

"animal with two feet," 1640s, from Latin bipedem (nominative bipes) "two-footed," as a plural noun, "men;" from bi- "two" (see bi-) + pedem (nominative pes) "foot" (see foot (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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biped in Science
An animal having two feet, such as a bird or human.

bipedal adjective
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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