velocipede


velocipede

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.

noun

  1. an early form of bicycle propelled by pushing along the ground with the feet
  2. any early form of bicycle or tricycle
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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