from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small two-wheeled, hooded conveyance provided with springs and drawn by one or more men.
  • To go about in a jinrikisha.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Japan A small, two-wheeled, hooded vehicle drawn by one or more men.

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  • noun Alternative form of jinriksha.

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  • noun a small two-wheeled cart for one passenger; pulled by one person


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  • Now, the jinrikisha is exactly the vehicle in which one would expect to ride in this land of fairy children – large perambulators that hold one person comfortably; but instead of being trundled from behind by a white-capped nursemaid, one of the Henry II. gentlemen, who wears also straw sandals and an enormous blue mushroom hat on his head, ensconces himself between the little shafts in front and prances noiselessly away with it.

    In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World 1891

  • In the narrow streets of the native quarter, which seldom exceed ten feet in width and which have no sidewalks, the jinrikisha is the only carriage.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch 1888

  • The jinrikisha is the common mode of conveyance, though the palanquin is perhaps nearly as much used.

    Due West or Round the World in Ten Months Maturin Murray Ballou 1857

  • Wolfe had the perfect story: The "first annual" gin and jinrikisha race.

    The Kandy Kolored Rickshaw Test (VAROOOOOM!) 2010

  • In an interview this week, Wolfe recalled how he and Dr. Goetzmann decided to spice up the social life for the doctoral students by organizing a "first annual" gin and jinrikisha race.

    Pulitzer-winning historian William Goetzmann dies at 80 2010

  • This sadoe has a canopy top; it is like the jinrikisha, convenient for a shopping excursion, but I pity any one who attempts to take a long drive in it!

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

  • We took a jinrikisha for a general exploration of the old Chinese city, and aside from what has been indicated, we went through the native quarter, saw several temples, visited a Chinese school, and ascended the high wall for a view.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

  • There were many jinrikisha rides and much general enjoyment during the two weeks and a half that followed.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

  • The last morning of our stay, I went around in a jinrikisha, and my man was as fleet as a horse.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

  • This required an early morning departure in a jinrikisha.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck


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    August 16, 2012

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    August 16, 2012

  • Excellent!

    August 16, 2012

  • Jin risks a spin in the fin!

    August 17, 2012

  • The Century Dictionary says that jinrikishas are "provided with springs". How thoughtful! I wonder who provided them?

    August 18, 2012