Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

brachiate

[adjective brey-kee-it, -eyt, brak-ee-; verb brey-kee-eyt, brak-ee-]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. Botany. having widely spreading branches in alternate pairs.
  2. Zoology. having arms.
verb (used without object), bra·chi·at·ed, bra·chi·at·ing.
  1. to progress by means of brachiation.

Origin of brachiate

First recorded in 1825–35, brachiate is from the Latin word brāchiātus with branches like arms. See brachi-, -ate1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for brachiate

Historical Examples

  • Brachiate, with opposite branches at right angles to each other.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray


British Dictionary definitions for brachiate

brachiate

adjective (ˈbreɪkɪɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˈbræk-)
  1. botany having widely divergent paired branches
verb (ˈbreɪkɪˌeɪt, ˈbræk-)
  1. (intr) (of some arboreal apes and monkeys) to swing by the arms from one hold to the next
Derived Formsbrachiation, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Latin bracchiātus with armlike branches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012