Definitions for bipedˈbaɪ pɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bi•pedˈbaɪ pɛd(n.)

  1. a two-footed animal.

    Category: Zoology

  2. (adj.)Also, bi•ped′al. having two feet.

    Category: Zoology

Origin of biped:

1640–50; < L biped-, s. of bipēs two-footed

Princeton's WordNet

  1. biped(adj)

    an animal with two feet

  2. bipedal, biped, two-footed(adj)

    having two feet

Wiktionary

  1. biped(Noun)

    An animal, being or construction that goes about on two feet (or two legs).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Biped(noun)

    a two-footed animal, as man

  2. Biped(adj)

    having two feet; two-footed

Freebase

  1. Bipedalism

    Bipedalism is a form of terrestrial locomotion where an organism moves by means of its two rear limbs or legs. An animal or machine that usually moves in a bipedal manner is known as a biped, meaning "two feet". Types of bipedal movement include walking, running, or hopping. Few modern species are habitual bipeds whose normal method of locomotion is two-legged. Within mammals, habitual bipedalism has evolved multiple times, with the macropods, kangaroo rats and mice, springhare, hopping mice, pangolins and homininan apes, as well as various other extinct groups evolving the trait independently. In the Triassic period some groups of archosaurs developed bipedalism; among their descendants the dinosaurs, all the early forms and many later groups were habitual or exclusive bipeds; the birds descended from one group of exclusively bipedal dinosaurs. A larger number of modern species utilize bipedal movement for a short time. Several non-archosaurian lizard species move bipedally when running, usually to escape from threats. Many primate and bear species will adopt a bipedal gait in order to reach food or explore their environment.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

biped(noun)

an animal with two feet (eg man).

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