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[bahy-kam-er-uh l] /baɪˈkæm ər əl/
adjective, Government.
having two branches, chambers, or houses, as a legislative body.
Origin of bicameral
1825-35; bi-1 + Latin camer(a) chamber + -al1
Related forms
bicameralism, noun
bicameralist, noun Unabridged
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  • 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 Various
  • The legislature is bicameral, senators holding office for four years, representatives (about thrice as numerous) for two.

  • The two houses of Parliament had made the colonists accustomed to the bicameral system.

    The Colonies 1492-1750 Reuben Gold Thwaites
British Dictionary definitions for bicameral


(of a legislature) consisting of two chambers
Derived Forms
bicameralism, noun
bicameralist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from bi-1 + Latin camerachamber
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Word Origin and History for bicameral

"having two chambers," 1832, from bi- "two" (see bi-) + Late Latin camera "chamber" (see camera) + -al (1).

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bicameral in Medicine

bicameral bi·cam·er·al (bī-kām'ər-əl)
Composed of or having two chambers, especially an abscess divided by a septum.

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