One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person or animal having only one foot or leg.
- ‘The great age of exploration in the 1500s witnessed the creation of its own folklore: sea serpents, unicorns and unipeds, the Fountain of Youth and the Seven Cities of Cibola.’
- ‘It should be remembered that the same saga tells us about corpses sitting up in bed, about two Scotsmen who could run faster than deer, about unipeds hopping around shooting arrows.’
- ‘The uniped skipped away and back north, and Karlsefni and his men gave chase, catching sight of him every now and again.’
- ‘On to the blankness, they unravelled myths - immortal Hyperboreans, unipeds bouncing on the snow.’
- ‘The Premiership is fast becoming like a squash league containing two, maybe three, able-bodied players and a residue of unipeds.’
Early 19th century: from uni- ‘one’ + pes, ped- ‘foot’.
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