bipedalism


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bi·ped·al

 (bī-pĕd′l) or bi·ped (bī′pĕd′)
adj.
1. Having two feet; two-footed.
2. Walking on two feet.

bi·ped′al·ism (-pĕd′l-ĭz′əm), bi′pe·dal′i·ty (-pə-dăl′ĭ-tē) n.
bi·ped′al·ly adv.
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bipedalism

(baɪˈpɛdəˌlɪzəm; baɪˈpiːdəˌlɪzəm)
n
the condition or state of having two feet
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bi•ped•al•ism

(baɪˈpɛd lˌɪz əm)

also bi•pe•dal•i•ty

(ˌbaɪ pɪˈdæl ɪ ti)

n.
the condition of being two-footed or of using two feet for locomotion.
[1905–10]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bipedalism - the bodily attribute of being bipedalbipedalism - the bodily attribute of being bipedal; having two feet; "bipedalism made the human form of birth possible"
bodily property - an attribute of the body
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Translations
bipédie
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