velocipede

noun
ve·​loc·​i·​pede | \ və-ˈlä-sə-ˌpēd How to pronounce velocipede (audio) \

Definition of velocipede

: a lightweight wheeled vehicle propelled by the rider: such as
a : tricycle
b : a 3-wheeled railroad handcar
c archaic : bicycle

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Examples of velocipede in a Sentence

a museum with an interesting collection of 19th-century velocipedes
Recent Examples on the Web In the late eighteen-sixties, New Yorkers took up the velocipede, a primitive version of the bicycle. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Oakland Pedal Tours offers free velocipede shuttles between breweries, which are also within walking distance. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, 9 Sep. 2019 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, 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, 24 Oct. 2017 The velocipede, or Michaudine, was the first bicycle with pedals. Austin Murphy, SI.com, 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, 13 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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“Velocipede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velocipede. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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