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biga

[bee-gah, -guh, bahy-]
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noun, plural bi·gae [bee-gee, -jee, -gahy, bahy-] /ˈbi gi, -dʒi, -gaɪ, ˈbaɪ-/. Classical Antiquity.
  1. a two-wheeled chariot drawn by two horses harnessed abreast.
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Compare quadriga, triga.

Origin of biga

1840–50; < Latin bīga, bīgae, for *biiuga (bi- bi-1 + iug(um) yoke1 + -a feminine nominative singular ending)
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Historical Examples

  • In the island of Catanduanes are the curacies of Biga and Birac, with their visitas.

    The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)

    Various

  • The Biga is made in imitation of the moon, the Quadriga of the sun.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus

    Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)

  • The Sala della Biga, so called from a white marble chariot, drawn by two horses.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

  • The biga itself consists of a seat resting on the axle, with a rail at each side to protect the driver from the wheels.

  • Here also was made the rare discovery of the skeletons of two horses, with the remains of a biga.