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velocipede

[vuh-los-uh-peed] /vəˈlɒs əˌpid/
noun
1.
a vehicle, usually having two or three wheels, that is propelled by the rider.
2.
an early kind of bicycle or tricycle.
3.
a light, three-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle for railway inspection, used for carrying one person on a railroad track.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French vélocipède bicycle, equivalent to véloci- (< Latin, stem of vēlōx quick) + -pède -ped
Related forms
velocipedist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for velocipedist

velocipede

/vɪˈlɒsɪˌpiːd/
noun
1.
an early form of bicycle propelled by pushing along the ground with the feet
2.
any early form of bicycle or tricycle
Derived Forms
velocipedist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French vélocipède, from Latin vēlōx swift + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for velocipedist

velocipede

n.

1819, "wheeled vehicle propelled by the feet on the ground," from French vélocipède, from Latin velox (genitive velocis) "swift" (see velocity) + pedem, accusative of pes "foot" (see foot (n.)). Applied to an early kind of bicycle or tricycle in 1849.

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