cy·​clo | \ ˈsē-(ˌ)klō How to pronounce cyclo (audio) , ˈsi- How to pronounce cyclo (audio) \
plural cyclos

Definition of cyclo

: a 3-wheeled often motor-driven taxi

Examples of cyclo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get to know this buzzing metropolis—still commonly referred to as Saigon—on a cyclo tour. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019 Loaded with water and potassium and low in sodium, cucumbers also inhibit the production of nitric acid production and inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), which helps them reduce swelling. Stephanie Feuer, Good Housekeeping, "9 Fruits And Vegetables That Are Natural Diuretics—No Pills Necessary," 5 Sep. 2017 The riders took off from behind the First United Methodist Church on Jazz Alley between J Street and 21st Street, some on mountain bikes and some on cyclo-cross bikes. Emily Zentner, sacbee, "Sacramento bicyclists commemorate historic 1917 ride | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Oct. 2017 A cyclo ride to the Old Quarter takes you to the final stop of the day, an old home for a special Cheo musical performance. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 Segal said a community has coalesced around short track, partially because the relative ease of joining but also being accessible to other forms of biking such as cyclo-cross and off-road racing. Andrew Henderson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville cycling scene is a big, welcoming 'party' that gives back," 13 July 2017 A cyclo (bicycle taxi) with a lipstick-red hood, custom-made in Vietnam, sits in the window, and a mural of a woman who looks suspiciously like Ms. Vo greets guests wearing non la, the classic conical hat. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Rare Manhattan Find: Great Vietnamese Food, Times Two," 13 July 2017 This titanium beauty backs up its looks with grace as the best-handling cyclo on all terrains. Mark Mcclusky, WIRED, "Review: Moots PsychloX," 27 June 2008

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First Known Use of cyclo

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cyclo

French, bicycle, moped, from cyclo- (as in cyclomoteur moped), from cycle 2- or 3-wheeled vehicle

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The first known use of cyclo was in 1964

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Cite this Entry

“Cyclo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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