or jin·rick·sha, jin·rick·shaw, jin·rik·sha
- a small, two-wheeled, cartlike passenger vehicle with a fold-down top, pulled by one person, formerly used widely in Japan and China.
Origin of jinrikisha
1870–75; < Japanese, equivalent to jin person + -riki power + -sha vehicle (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese rénlì shē)
Also called rickshaw.
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Examples from the Web for jinrikisha
Take, for example, the poor fellow who pulls the jinrikisha.Where Half The World Is Waking Up
He used to go to university by a jinrikisha; it took about 40 minutes.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1
The man-power vehicle, par excellence, is the jinrikisha of Japan.
Riding with a jinrikisha is cheap enough for the most contracted purse.
The jinrikisha is the commonest of all vehicles now in use in Japan.Japanese Girls and Women
Alice Mabel Bacon
jinricksha, jinrickshaw or jinriksha
- other names for rickshaw
C19: from Japanese, from jin man + riki power + sha carriage
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