One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having only one foot or one leg; relating to the possession of one foot or one leg.
2Performed on only one foot; one-legged. rare.
A person, animal, or thing having only one foot or one leg.
Early 19th century. From mono- + -ped. Compare post-classical Latin monopes, adjective and noun, French monopède monster with only one foot.
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