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or jin·rick·sha also jin·riki·sha  (jĭn-rĭk′shô′)
A small, two-wheeled carriage drawn by one or two persons.

[Japanese jinrikisha : jin, person (from Middle Chinese rin) + riki, strength (from Middle Chinese lik) + sha, cart, carriage, vehicle (from Middle Chinese hia, probably of Indo-European origin; akin to Tocharian A kukäl, Tocharian B kokale, wagon); see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]
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(dʒɪnˈrɪkʃɔː; -ʃə) ,






other names for rickshaw
[C19: from Japanese, from jin man + riki power + sha carriage]
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or jin•rik•sha

(dʒɪnˈrɪk ʃɔ, -ʃɑ)

n., pl. -shas.
a small, two-wheeled, cartlike passenger vehicle with a fold-down top, pulled by one person, formerly used widely in Japan and China.
Also called ricksha, rickshaw.
[1870–75; < Japanese, =jin person + -riki power + -sha vehicle (< Middle Chinese, = Chinese rénlì shē)]
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Noun1.jinrikisha - a small two-wheeled cart for one passengerjinrikisha - a small two-wheeled cart for one passenger; pulled by one person
cart - a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal
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A description of the spread of wheeled transport in Japan in the latter half of the nineteenth century, looking first at the jinrikisha (or rickshaw) is followed by an examination of the introduction of the safety bicycle in the 1890s.
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Upon arriving at Naoetsu, Lowell hired a jinrikisha (hand-drawn carriage) to cross the narrow seashore road.