One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An early form of bicycle propelled by working pedals on cranks fitted to the front axle.
- ‘Fitzpatrick refers to reports of early ‘velocipedes’ being used for this purpose in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, when the bicycle industry was barely out of its infancy.’
- ‘He takes us from the French pushbike or draisine of 1816 through boneshakers and penny-farthings to the English velocipedes of the 1880s.’
- ‘By 1863, attaching cranks and pedals to the front wheel of the hobby horse had produced the velocipede, commonly known as the boneshaker.’
- ‘The new route across Ryelands Park was unveiled as local dignitaries pedalled a selection of ageing velocipedes’ down it in memory of Lord Ashton's era.’
- ‘Throughout his life he worked on mechanical and engineering problems, constructing a turnip-cutter and a velocipede, as well as devising methods of reclaiming bogs.’
- 1.1US A child's tricycle.
Early 19th century: from French vélocipède, from Latin velox, veloc- ‘swift’ + pes, ped- ‘foot’.
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