- having two branches, chambers, or houses, as a legislative body.
Origin of bicameral
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Examples from the Web for bicameral
On his return to Japan, Onoda was feted, and briefly tipped to run for the Diet, the Japanese bicameral parliament.The Week in Death: The Last to Surrender
January 19, 2014
All too often, the march of folly has been bicameral, as well as bipartisan.John McCain’s Middle East War Drumbeat: Iraq, Libya, and Now Syria
June 1, 2013
But the non-Nebraska states have bicameral legislatures for no real reason.
At the national level, we have a bicameral legislature because of the overall workings of the federal system.
In addition the bicameral house is cumbersome and provocative of delay.Benjamin Franklin
Frank Luther Mott
Other early colonies passed through the same stages; colonies of later foundation took up the development at the bicameral stage.
Herein the legislative authority was vested in a General Assembly, which was organized on the bicameral plan.History of the Constitutions of Iowa
Benjamin F. Shambaugh
The importance of the bicameral system is strongly insisted upon by the commentator of the Constitution.Japan
The legislature is bicameral, senators holding office for four years, representatives (about thrice as numerous) for two.
- (of a legislature) consisting of two chambers
C19: from bi- 1 + Latin camera chamber
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Word Origin and History for bicameral
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Composed of or having two chambers, especially an abscess divided by a septum.
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