of or pertaining to a rope or cord, or its tension.
worked by a rope or the like.

1655–65; < Latin fūnicul(us) (see funiculus) + -ar1 Unabridged
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funicular (fjuːˈnɪkjʊlə)
1.  Also called: funicular railway a railway up the side of a mountain, consisting of two counterbalanced cars at either end of a cable passing round a driving wheel at the summit
2.  relating to or operated by a rope, cable, etc
3.  of or relating to a funicle

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Word Origin & History

1660s, from L. funiculus, dim. of funis a cord, rope.
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Example sentences
Many of these ski areas are accessible by funicular, and some can even be
  reached by railway.
From the harbor, you can take a taxi or the funicular up to town.
There's also a funicular that scoots to the observation level at the top in
Kids will delight in taking a turn on the merry-go-round, then taking the
  funicular up the hill to the church.
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