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[jin-rik-shaw, -shah] /dʒɪnˈrɪk ʃɔ, -ʃɑ/
a small, two-wheeled, cartlike passenger vehicle with a fold-down top, pulled by one person, formerly used widely in Japan and China.
Also, jinricksha, jinrickshaw, jinriksha.
Also called rickshaw, ricksha.
1870-75; < Japanese, equivalent to jin person + -riki power + -sha vehicle (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese rénlì shē) Unabridged
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/dʒɪnˈrɪkʃɔː; -ʃə/
other names for rickshaw
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese, from jin man + riki power + sha carriage
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Encyclopedia Article for jinrickshaw

(Japanese: "human-powered vehicle"), two-wheeled vehicle with a doorless, chairlike body and a collapsible hood, that holds one or two passengers and is drawn by a man between two shafts. It was used widely in the Orient but was largely superseded by the pedicab (q.v.), a ricksha driven by bicycle.

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