Definition of trike in English:
- He's also becoming addicted to hang gliding (which we'll review in due course), and he tinkers with bikes and trikes.
- All the kids go around the block driving patriotically festooned bikes and trikes.
- About 100 bikes and trikes joined the 60-mile run to meet other bikers in Blackpool, bringing the Golden Mile to a standstill.
late 19th century: abbreviation.
bicycle from (mid 19th century):
The velocipede (literally ‘rapid foot’) was the early form of bicycle, which is formed from bi- ‘two’ and Greek kuklos ‘wheel’. The abbreviation bike was not long to follow, in the late 19th century. A tricycle as a name for a three-wheeled coach drawn by two horses, dates from the 1820s, with the abbreviation trike appearing in the 1880s. Unicycle, from uni- ‘one’, was first recorded in the US in the 1860s.
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