Definition of biped in English:

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biped

Pronunciation: /ˈbīped/

noun

An animal that uses two legs for walking.
Example sentences
  • The open savannas where the earliest bipeds evolved were hot, with little shade, and the effect of the sun would have been severe.
  • It's possible, for example, that early hominids living as bipeds in patchy forests became easier targets for leopards and other predators.
  • In an upright biped, like humans and Australopithecines, the head is balanced on top of the spine, whereas in the quadruped like a chimpanzee the head is slung from the front of the spine.

adjective

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').

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bi·ped

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