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velocipede

[ vuh-los-uh-peed ]

noun

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


velocipede

/ vɪˈlɒsɪˌpiːd /

noun

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


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Derived Forms

  • veˈlociˌpedist, noun

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Other Words From

  • ve·loci·pedist noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of velocipede1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of velocipede1

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

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Example Sentences

This crude affair consisted of a small velocipede upon which was mounted a crude coal-burning steam engine.

When he recovered, he found himself lying where Velocipede had thrown him, and the brute quietly grazing by his side.

Five hundred foreign stamps, twenty postmarks, and a boat eighteen inches long, for a three-wheel velocipede.

God willing, Ill never again ride anything more dangerous than a velocipede.

You may know I was surprised to look up, and see it coming without hands, just rolling along like a velocipede.

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