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[bahy-ped-l, -pi-dl, bahy-ped-l] /ˈbaɪˌpɛd l, -pɪ dl, baɪˈpɛd l/
Origin of bipedal
1600-10; bi-1 + pedal (adj.)
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bipedally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Following the turning over of the stubble under water, comes the clod smashing and harrowing by quadrupedal or bipedal labour.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • There was always the chance, unlikely as it might be, that some one of the bipedal natives had found his machine.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The anterior limbs are much shorter than the posterior, pointing to a bipedal method of progression.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Their bipedal dinosaurlike figures seemed to be cast out of one mold.

    Insidekick Jesse Franklin Bone
  • In the bipedal walk or run a step is one-half of a stride or full round movement.

    Descriptive Zoopraxography Eadweard Muybridge
  • In the close-ups, he could see the bipedal beasts wielding cutting instruments.

    The Asses of Balaam Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Let us take, for instance, the elevation of man's ancestors from the quadrupedal to the bipedal position.

  • He might read a lesson to many a two-legged prig, were the bipedal nincompoop capable of learning it.

  • bipedal, unarmored, with a single row of serrated cutting teeth, three-toed hind feet.

    Dinosaurs William Diller Matthew
Word Origin and History for bipedal

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

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

bipedal adjective
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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