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that evolved from the ancient vehicle
A vehicle is a device that is designed or used to transport people or cargo. Most often vehicles are manufactured, such as bicycles, cars, motorcycles, trains, ships, boats, and aircraft....
of this name (see Chariot
The chariot is a type of horse carriage used in both peace and war as the chief vehicle of many ancient peoples. Ox carts, proto-chariots, were built by the Proto-Indo-Europeans and also built in Mesopotamia as early as 3000 BC. The original horse chariot was a fast, light, open, two wheeled...
) took on two main forms:
- A light, four-wheeled, horse
The horse is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus, or the wild horse. It is a single-hooved mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today...
A carriage is a wheeled vehicle for people, usually horse-drawn; litters and sedan chairs are excluded, since they are wheelless vehicles. The carriage is especially designed for private passenger use and for comfort or elegance, though some are also used to transport goods. It may be light,...
having a coach box and back seats only, popular in the early 19th century.
- A vehicle for conveying persons especially in state, such as a triumphal car or a coach of state. This stately but manoeuvrable horse carriage was used for ceremonial occasions or for pleasure.
was a light, covered, four-wheeled pleasure carriage with two seats.
A post chariot
was a carriage for traveling post
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. The term was used specifically for a kind of light four-wheeled carriage with a driver's seat in front.
A vehicle such as a cart or wagon for transporting goods was also sometimes called a chariot.