velocipede

noun
ve·loc·i·pede | \və-ˈlä-sə-ˌpēd \

Definition of velocipede 

: a lightweight wheeled vehicle propelled by the rider: such as

a : tricycle

b : a 3-wheeled railroad handcar

c archaic : bicycle

Examples of velocipede in a Sentence

a museum with an interesting collection of 19th-century velocipedes

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While there are competing claims for the first true motorcycle, this one is a Roper steam velocipede (or at least a very impressive re-creation). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Check Out This 1860s Steam-Powered Motorcycle," 13 Apr. 2017 And whereas Snead might view the velocipede as a vehicle on which to multitask, a more cynical observer could find a metaphor here for the GM’s tenure. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Jared Goff Is Thriving at the Center of Les Snead’s Two-Phase Plan," 24 Oct. 2017 The velocipede, or Michaudine, was the first bicycle with pedals. Austin Murphy, SI.com, "Veloci-Rapture: At 200 Years Old, A Look At the Bicycle’s Effect on Health, Sports and Culture," 24 July 2017 While there are competing claims for the first true motorcycle, this one is a Roper steam velocipede (or at least a very impressive re-creation). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Check Out This 1860s Steam-Powered Motorcycle," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of velocipede

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for velocipede

borrowed from French vélocipède, from Latin vēlōc-, vēlōx "swift, rapid" + -i- -i- -peda "having feet (of such a sort or number)," derivative of ped-, pēs "foot" — more at velocity, foot entry 1

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