biped

[ bahy-ped ]
/ ˈbaɪ pɛd /
Zoology

noun

a two-footed animal.

adjective

having two feet.

Nearby words

  1. bipartisanship,
  2. bipartite,
  3. bipartition,
  4. biparty,
  5. bipectinate,
  6. bipedal,
  7. bipedalism,
  8. bipennate,
  9. bipenniform,
  10. bipetalous

Origin of biped

1640–50; < Latin biped- (stem of bipēs) two-footed. See bi-1, -ped

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British Dictionary definitions for biped

biped

/ (ˈbaɪpɛd) /

noun

any animal with two feet

adjective Also: bipedal (baɪˈpiːdəl, -ˈpɛdəl)

having two feet
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Word Origin and History for biped

biped

n.

"animal with two feet," 1640s, from Latin bipedem (nominative bipes) "two-footed," as a plural noun, "men;" from bi- "two" (see bi-) + pedem (nominative pes) "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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Science definitions for biped

biped

[ bīpĕd′ ]

An animal having two feet, such as a bird or human.
Related formsbipedal adjective

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