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biped

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪpɛd
 
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Definition of biped in English:

noun

An animal that uses two legs for walking.
Example sentences
  • Analysis of the pelvis, thigh bone and knee joint indicate that Lucy and her kind walked on two feet, making them bipeds.
  • Further changes must have affected the hip bone in later stages, bringing it into line with the structure found in today's human bipeds.
  • The frogs are important because many scientists think that our slimy green pond brethren can tell the future by being susceptible to diseases that will bedevil us bipeds down the line.

adjective

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Using two legs for walking.
Example sentences
  • Imagine the primordial fear a competing biped species produces.
  • The ultimate aim of the human evolution is to become ' human ' instead of a well dressed and well armed biped animal.
  • They add that these evolutionary fixes do not ward off an array of problems that arise from our biped stance.

Origin

mid 17th century (earlier ( early 17th century) as bipedal): from Latin bipes, biped- (from bi- 'having two' + pes, ped- 'foot').

Words that rhyme with biped

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