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[adjective brey-kee-it, -eyt, brak-ee-; verb brey-kee-eyt, brak-ee-]
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  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
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British Dictionary definitions for brachiating


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
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