Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small horse-drawn cab with two wheels, side seats, and an entrance at the back, used in the 19th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of low horse-drawn carriage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of low-hung cab.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A low-set two- (sometimes four-) wheeled cab or carriage, with the entrance in the back and the seats at the sides: used in many cities of the United States.

Etymologies

After Peter Herdic (1824-1888), American inventor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Peter Herdic, the inventor. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They walked back toward Beacon Street, and near the club Archer caught sight of the plush-lined "herdic" which had carried his note to the

    The Age of Innocence

  • "I will call a herdic and see you home," he said, "if you will come now.

    Hagar's Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice

  • They walked back toward Beacon Street, and near the club Archer caught sight of the plush-lined “herdic” which had carried his note to the Parker House, and whose driver was reposing from this effort by bathing his brow at the corner hydrant.

    XXIII. Book II

  • They walked back toward Beacon Street, and near the club Archer caught sight of the plush-lined ` ` herdic '' which had carried his note to the Parker House, and whose driver was reposing from this effort by bathing his brow at the corner hydrant.

    The Age of Innocence

  • They got into the herdic, and as it drove off he took out his watch and saw that she had been absent just three minutes.

    The Age of Innocence

  • All at once our exhilaration evaporated as the herdic rumbled into a side street and backed up before the door of a not-too-inviting, three-storied house with

    A Far Country — Volume 1

  • In the early morning Boston broke on us like a Mecca as we rolled out of the old Albany station, joint lords of a "herdic."

    A Far Country — Complete

  • All at once our exhilaration evaporated as the herdic rumbled into a side street and backed up before the door of a not-too-inviting, three-storied house with a queer extension on top.

    A Far Country — Complete

  • At length we departed for Cambridge, in another herdic.

    A Far Country — Complete

  • The herdic seemed to creep over the space between the station and the detective's chambers.

    Hagar's Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice

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