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[hur-dik] /ˈhɜr dɪk/
a low-hung carriage with two or four wheels, having the entrance at the back and the seats at the sides.
Origin of herdic
1880-85, Americanism; named after P. Herdic, 19th-century American, the inventor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As he picked himself up, a great fat man put his head out of the other herdic window and began to ask the cause of the detention.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • herdic, her′dik, n. a low-hung two or four wheeled carriage with back entrance and side seats.

  • "Where in the——" but the man was a herdic driver and his language may as well be left to the imagination.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • "I saw the King riding in a herdic in Boston a few days before we sailed," said Maggie.

    The King's Men Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
  • The door at the back of the herdic is held shut with a strap that leads through the roof to the driver's seat.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • In the early morning Boston broke on us like a Mecca as we rolled out of the old Albany station, joint lords of a "herdic."

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The moment Jack arrived in Boston he jumped into a herdic and drove straight to the hospital.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • Feeling in a luxurious mood they scorned the cars, and chartered a herdic, four men getting inside and three on the roof.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
British Dictionary definitions for herdic


(US) a small horse-drawn carriage with a rear entrance and side seats
Word Origin
C19: named after P. Herdic, 19th-century American inventor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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