[bahy-ped-l, -pi-dl, bahy-ped-l]


Origin of bipedal

1600–10; bi-1 + pedal (adj.)
Related formsbi·ped·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bipedal

Historical Examples of bipedal

  • 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.


    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • Bipedal, unarmored, with a single row of serrated cutting teeth, three-toed hind feet.


    William Diller Matthew

Word Origin and History for bipedal

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bipedal in Science



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