rickshaw

or rick·sha, rik·i·sha, rik·shaw

[ rik-shaw, -shah ]
/ ˈrɪk ʃɔ, -ʃɑ /
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noun

Origin of rickshaw

First recorded in 1885–90; by shortening and contraction
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British Dictionary definitions for rikisha

rickshaw

ricksha (ˈrɪkʃə)

/ (ˈrɪkʃɔː) /

noun

Also called: jinrikisha a small two-wheeled passenger vehicle drawn by one or two men, used in parts of Asia
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 rikisha

rickshaw


n.

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

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