from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The trade-name of a combination of two tandem bicycles side by side, between which are the tanks and appliances appropriate to a chemical fire-extinguisher, and a propelling motor. The saddles of the bicycles will carry four men, and the motor will propel the machine at high speed. See also autoquadricycle.
  • noun Same as motor-cycle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A vehicle somewhat like a moped, having a small motor where the pedals would be, and a petrol tank located within the frame.


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  • Falling under the general category of autocycle, the Pulse we encountered had its five minutes of fame in the Wim Wenders movie "Until the End of the World," appearing in a scene shot in San Francisco's North Beach.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Gadgets 2009

  • Here was a tape recorder (vast bulky reel-to-reel, circa 1945) and an autocycle to carry it on -- a bicycle with an engine, uneasy in either role.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XII No 3 1986


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