variants: or autorickshaw \ ˌȯ-​tō-​ˈrik-​ˌshȯ How to pronounce auto-rickshaw (audio) \
plural auto-rickshaws or autorickshaws

Definition of auto-rickshaw

: a motorized rickshaw … superficial images of modernization are everywhere to be seen: auto-rickshaws, which are rapidly replacing horse-drawn tongas; stores stocked with the latest Western-style gadgetry …— Fergus M. Bordewich, Atlantic, July 1986 "Horn Please" demand the signs on the backs of a million trucks blocking the road. All the other trucks, and cars, bikes, motor scooters, taxis, and … autorickshaws enthusiastically respond, welcoming Zafar and me with an energetic rendition of the traditional symphony of the Indian street.— Salman Rushdie, New Yorker, 19 June 2000

First Known Use of auto-rickshaw

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auto-rickshaw

auto- entry 2 + rickshaw

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“Auto-rickshaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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