penny far things

penny-farthing

[pen-ee-fahr-thing]
noun British.
a high bicycle of an early type, with one large wheel in front and one small wheel behind.
Also called ordinary.


Origin:
from a comparison of the size difference between the two bicycle wheels to the size difference between an old British penny and a farthing

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penny-farthing
 
n
(Brit) US name: ordinary an early type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a small rear wheel, the pedals being attached to the front wheel
 
[C20: so called because of the similarity between the relative sizes of the wheels and the relative sizes of the (old) penny and farthing coins]

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