[rik-shaw, -shah]
Also, ricksha, rikisha, rikshaw.

1885–90; by shortening and contraction

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rickshaw or ricksha (ˈrɪkʃɔː, ˈrɪkʃə)
1.  Also called: jinrikisha a small two-wheeled passenger vehicle drawn by one or two men, used in parts of Asia
2.  Also called: trishaw a similar vehicle with three wheels, propelled by a man pedalling as on a tricycle
[C19: shortened from jinrikisha]
ricksha or ricksha
[C19: shortened from jinrikisha]

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Word Origin & History

1887, shortened form of jinrikisha, popularized by Kipling, from Japanese jin "a man" + riki "power" + sha "carriage."
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(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 It was used widely in the Orient but was largely superseded by the pedicab (q.v.), a ricksha driven by bicycle.

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Example sentences
One family lived in each house, often with a coterie of servants and rickshaw
The day's first arrivals are a barely literate rickshaw driver, an elderly
  couple and a call-centre worker.
White-hulled, blue-decked, as sleek as a torpedo the nineteen-foot vessel is
  strapped to a plywood rickshaw.
Yet it's capable of taking sharp, high-pixel density photos even from a bouncy
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