a two-footed animal.


having two feet.

Origin of biped

1640–50; < Latin biped- (stem of bipēs) two-footed. See bi-1, -ped Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of biped

  • They were elephants, of course, and had been tutored by two biped Russian artists, Alex Melamid and Vitaly Komar.

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    The Secret Language of Elephants

    Bob Simon

    December 31, 2009

Historical Examples of biped

British Dictionary definitions for biped



any animal with two feet

adjective Also: bipedal (baɪˈpiːdəl, -ˈpɛdəl)

having two feet
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Word Origin and History for biped

"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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biped in Science



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