Etymology
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funicular (adj.)

1660s, from funicle "a small cord" (1660s), from Latin funiculus "a slender rope," diminutive of funis "a cord, rope," of unknown etymology. De Vaan suggests it is a derivative of the root of filum. A funicular railway (1874) is one worked by a cable from a stationary engine.

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Definitions of funicular
1
funicular (n.)
a railway up the side of a mountain pulled by a moving cable and having counterbalancing ascending and descending cars;
Synonyms: cable railway / funicular railway
2
funicular (adj.)
relating to or operated by a cable;
funicular railway
From wordnet.princeton.edu