velocipede

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noun ve·loc·i·pede \və-ˈlä-sə-ˌpēd\

Definition of velocipede

  1. :  a lightweight wheeled vehicle propelled by the rider: such asa archaic :  bicycleb :  tricyclec :  a 3-wheeled railroad handcar

Examples of velocipede in a sentence

  1. <a museum with an interesting collection of 19th-century velocipedes>

Origin and Etymology of 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, 1foot


First Known Use: 1818



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