Velocipede definition

və-lŏsə-pēd
A tricycle.
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Any of several early bicycles having pedals attached to the front wheel.
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An early bicycle propelled by pushing the feet along the ground while straddling the vehicle.
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Any of various early bicycles or tricycles.
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An old type of handcar for use on railroad tracks.
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Early two-wheeled conveyance upon which one rode astride a wooden frame propelled by means of pushing the feet against the ground.
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(archaic) Generic term for three and four-wheeled machines driven by foot or hand levers to the rear or front axle.
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(archaic) A late-1860s bicycle driven by cranks on the front axle.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
velocipede
Plural:
velocipedes

Origin of velocipede

  • French vélocipède Latin vēlōx vēlōc- fast velocity Latin pēs ped- foot –ped

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French vélocipède, from Latin veloci dative singular of velox (“swift") + ped (“foot")

    From Wiktionary