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bipedal

[bahy-ped-l, -pi-dl, bahy-ped-l] /ˈbaɪˌpɛd l, -pɪ dl, baɪˈpɛd l/
adjective
1.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; bi-1 + pedal (adj.)
Related forms
bipedally, adverb
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Examples from the web for bipedal
  • What initially separated them and us from other primates was habitual erect, bipedal locomotion.
  • As that bipedal ape evolved into what would become us, other mammals came and went.
  • So it was with giddy expectation that the team began to excavate a skeleton of an unknown bipedal hunter.
  • Instead of a regular bipedal gait, the robot has two sets of two legs, in inner and outer pairs.
  • One solution is to build a bipedal robot the size of a human, but it's much harder for small robots.
  • Ostriches are descendants of dinosaurs, and the researchers liken ostrich movements to those of bipedal dinosaurs.
  • Whether it is bipedal locomotion from that of quadruped, cooking food for easier digestion what is involved is saving energy.
  • He and his colleagues argue that its pelvis could support its upper body during bipedal walking.
  • We humans shouldn't feel too bad that ostriches are our bipedal betters.
  • Humans are extremely bipedal, chimps are much less so.
British Dictionary definitions for bipedal

biped

/ˈbaɪpɛd/
noun
1.
any animal with two feet
adjective
2.
having two feet
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Word Origin and History for bipedal
adj.

c.1600, from biped + -al (1). Classical Latin bipedalis meant "two feet long or thick."

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bipedal in Science
biped
  (bī'pěd')   
An animal having two feet, such as a bird or human.

bipedal adjective
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