Origin of funicular

1655–65; < Latin fūnicul(us) (see funiculus) + -ar1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Also called: funicular railway a railway up the side of a mountain, consisting of a counterbalanced car sat either end of a cable passing round a driving wheel at the summit
  1. relating to or operated by a rope, cable, etc
  2. of or relating to a funicle
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Word Origin and History for funicular

1660s, from Latin funiculus, diminutive of funis "a cord, rope."

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