Definitions

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

  • adj. Composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches: a bicameral legislature.
  • adj. Medicine Composed of or having two chambers, as an abscess divided by a septum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having, or pertaining to, two separate legislative chambers or houses.
  • adj. Having two cases: uppercase and lowercase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of, or including, two chambers, or legislative branches.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Two-chambered; pertaining to or consisting of two chambers: as, a bicameral legislature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. composed of two legislative bodies
  • adj. consisting of two chambers

Etymologies

bi-1 + Latin camera, chamber; see chamber + -al1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From bi- +‎ Latin camera ("chamber") +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There can be ochlocracy in bicameral systems & democracy in unicameral ones. urgs Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » The Politeness Reflex

  • America has what is known as a bicameral (two-chamber) legislature.

    How a Bill Becomes a Law

  • Byrd described the essence of the Senate by telling a story about Jefferson and Washington disagreeing about the need for a two chamber legislature called a bicameral legislature.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • DOBBS: In just the past few minutes, new developments in our report tonight on the Republican calls a bicameral investigation into the leak of secret intelligence on CIA prisons overseas.

    CNN Transcript Nov 8, 2005

  • Moreover, far from mentioning the word or thought "bicameral," the statement stressed that all work of the convention should be done "jointly by blacks and whites, and to that end we now double in size every committee of this convention."

    Department of Further Amplification

  • There being also the 'bicameral' nature of brain to consider, and the 'corpus callosum' or bridge over troubled axons as Heraclitean concept of 'flux'?

    CounterPunch

  • In addition, they sought to establish safeguards such as bicameral legislatures and application of the doctrine of separation of powers.

    FJ's Blog

  • This helpful listing provides brief explanations for terms related to American government such as "bicameral" and "deregulation."

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  • The bicameral, bipartisan introduction of the VRA reauthorization bill, named "The Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006," on May 2nd was hailed by civil rights groups as "historic."

    Civil Rights

  • Yet Italy's bicameral parliament and Mr. Berlusconi's fractious majority coalition make it hard to believe his pledged economic reforms—54 of them, according to Industry Minister Paolo Romani—will see the light of day in a timely fashion.

    Italy Buffeted by Greece News

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