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bipedal

[bahy-ped-l, -pi-dl, bahy-ped-l] /ˈbaɪˌpɛd l, -pɪ dl, baɪˈpɛd l/
adjective
1.
Origin of bipedal
1600-1610
1600-10; bi-1 + pedal (adj.)
Related forms
bipedally, adverb
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  • There was always the chance, unlikely as it might be, that some one of the bipedal natives had found his machine.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He might read a lesson to many a two-legged prig, were the bipedal nincompoop capable of learning it.

  • In the bipedal walk or run a step is one-half of a stride or full round movement.

    Descriptive Zoopraxography Eadweard Muybridge
  • Their bipedal dinosaurlike figures seemed to be cast out of one mold.

    Insidekick Jesse Franklin Bone
  • bipedal, unarmored, with a single row of serrated cutting teeth, three-toed hind feet.

    Dinosaurs

    William Diller Matthew
  • In the close-ups, he could see the bipedal beasts wielding cutting instruments.

    The Asses of Balaam Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The anterior limbs are much shorter than the posterior, pointing to a bipedal method of progression.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Here are reptiles with bat-like wings, and others with bird-like pelves and legs adapted for bipedal locomotion.

  • Following the turning over of the stubble under water, comes the clod smashing and harrowing by quadrupedal or bipedal labour.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
Word Origin and History for bipedal
adj.

c.1600, from biped + -al (1). Classical Latin bipedalis meant "two feet long or thick."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bipedal in Science
biped
  (bī'pěd')   
An animal having two feet, such as a bird or human.

bipedal adjective
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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