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I'm very much a neophyte at typing French words; i.e., I can't type circonflex accents on my computer. I'm just starting a new Peter Carey novel "Parrot and Olivier in America," and on page 1 he uses this word (the first 2 e's are accented, the 3rd has a circonflex accent. I haven't found it in my 2 French dictionaries at home, nor can I find it on-line. The word refers to a sort of bicycle and the novel is set in DeToqueville's America. I assume it's a word that implies a vehicle that goes swiftly (there's a picture on page 3). Can someone help me? - Jerry
I found on the internet an addition to the story :
actually, De Sivrac was an hoax created by a french journalism. De Sivrac was supposed to have created the ancestor of the bycicle back in 1790. The aim was to give a french origin to the bicycle.
But the true creator of the machine is Karl Drais, from Germany.
I don't know if it is true, but here is the source :