bicycle etymology

English word bicycle comes from bi- (two) together with Ancient Greek κύκλος (wheel)

Detailed word origin of bicycle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
bi- English (eng) two
κύκλος Ancient Greek (grc) wheel
bicycle English (eng) To travel or exercise using a bicycle. (British, AU, NZ) A motorbike.. A traveling block used on a cable in skidding logs.. A vehicle that has two wheels, one behind the other, a steering handle, and a saddle seat or seats and is usually propelled by the action of a rider’s feet upon pedals.. The best possible hand in lowball.

Words with the same origin as bicycle

Descendants of κύκλος
bike cycle cyclops motorcycle recycle