or rick·sha, rik·i·sha, rik·shaw

[rik-shaw, -shah]
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Origin of rickshaw

First recorded in 1885–90; by shortening and contraction
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ricksha (ˈrɪkʃə)

  1. Also called: jinrikisha a small two-wheeled passenger vehicle drawn by one or two men, used in parts of Asia
  2. Also called: trishaw a similar vehicle with three wheels, propelled by a man pedalling as on a tricycle
See also autorickshaw

Word Origin for rickshaw

C19: shortened from jinrikisha
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Word Origin and History for rickshaw

1887, shortened form of jinrikisha, popularized by Kipling, from Japanese jin "a man" + riki "power" + sha "carriage."

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