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bipedalism

[bahy-ped-l-iz-uh m] /baɪˈpɛd lˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
the condition of being two-footed or of using two feet for standing and walking.
Also, bipedality
[bahy-pi-dal-i-tee] /ˌbaɪ pɪˈdæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; bipedal + -ism
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Examples from the web for bipedalism
  • The origins of human bipedalism have long occupied paleontologists.
  • bipedalism gave us an advantage over our ape cousins in terms of our capacity to wander.
  • In fact, of course, bipedalism is nothing remarkable or unique anyway.
  • The orangutan evidence adds a new twist to the debate of arboreal versus terrestrial bipedalism theories.
  • bipedalism is a quintessentially human trait that distinguishes us from other primates.
  • Which brings us back to bipedalism or something close to it, in terms of biological economy.
  • It is commonly believed that this led to bipedalism.
Contemporary definitions for bipedalism
noun

the condition of having two feet for walking; also, walking upright on two feet

Usage Note

bipedal adj

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Word Origin and History for bipedalism
n.

1897; see bipedal + -ism.

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