velocipede

[ vuh-los-uh-peed ]
/ vəˈlɒs əˌpid /

noun

a vehicle, usually having two or three wheels, that is propelled by the rider.
an early kind of bicycle or tricycle.
a light, three-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle for railway inspection, used for carrying one person on a railroad track.

Origin of velocipede

1810–20; < French vélocipède bicycle, equivalent to véloci- (< Latin, stem of vēlōx quick) + -pède -ped

Related forms

ve·loc·i·ped·ist, noun
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velocipede

/ (vɪˈlɒsɪˌpiːd) /

noun

an early form of bicycle propelled by pushing along the ground with the feet
any early form of bicycle or tricycle

Derived Forms

velocipedist, noun

Word Origin for velocipede

C19: from French vélocipède, from Latin vēlōx swift + pēs foot
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