velodrome

velodrome

[vee-luh-drohm, vel-uh-]
noun
a sports arena equipped with a banked track for cycling.

Origin:
1890–95; < French vélodrome, equivalent to vélo, shortened form of vélocipède velocipede + -drome -drome

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velodrome (ˈviːləˌdrəʊm, ˈvɛl-)
 
n
an arena with a banked track for cycle racing
 
[C20: from French vélodrome, from vélo- (from Latin vēlōx swift) + -drome]

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velodrome
"building for bicycle races," 1902, from Fr. vélodrome, from vélo, colloq. abbreviation of vélocipède (see velocipede) + -drome, as in hippodrome.
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