jinrikisha

jinrikisha

[jin-rik-shaw, -shah]
noun
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.


Origin:
1870–75; < Japanese, equivalent to jin person + -riki power + -sha vehicle (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese rénlì shē)

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jinrikisha, jinricksha, jinrickshaw or jinriksha (dʒɪnˈrɪkʃɔː, -ʃə, dʒɪnˈrɪkʃɔː, -ʃə, dʒɪnˈrɪkʃɔː, -ʃə, dʒɪnˈrɪkʃɔː, -ʃə)
 
n
other names for rickshaw
 
[C19: from Japanese, from jin man + riki power + sha carriage]
 
jinricksha, jinricksha, jinrickshaw or jinriksha
 
n
 
[C19: from Japanese, from jin man + riki power + sha carriage]
 
jinrickshaw, jinricksha, jinrickshaw or jinriksha
 
n
 
[C19: from Japanese, from jin man + riki power + sha carriage]
 
jinriksha, jinricksha, jinrickshaw or jinriksha
 
n
 
[C19: from Japanese, from jin man + riki power + sha carriage]

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jinrikisha

(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 It was used widely in the Orient but was largely superseded by the pedicab (q.v.), a ricksha driven by bicycle.

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