penny-farthing

noun

Definition of penny-farthing

British
: a bicycle with a large front wheel and a small rear wheel common from about 1870 to 1890

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“Penny-farthing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penny-farthing. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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