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penny-farthing

[ pen-ee-fahr-thing ]
/ ˈpɛn iˌfɑr ðɪŋ /
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noun British.
a high bicycle of an early type, with one large wheel in front and one small wheel behind.
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Also called ordinary .

Origin of penny-farthing

From a comparison of the size difference between the two bicycle wheels to the size difference between an old British penny and a farthing
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British Dictionary definitions for penny-farthing

penny-farthing

noun
British an early type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a small rear wheel, the pedals being attached to the front wheelUS name: ordinary

Word Origin for penny-farthing

C20: so called because of the similarity between the relative sizes of the wheels and the relative sizes of the (old) penny and farthing coins
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