[adjective brey-kee-it, -eyt, brak-ee-; verb brey-kee-eyt, brak-ee-]
- Botany. having widely spreading branches in alternate pairs.
- Zoology. having arms.
- to progress by means of brachiation.
Origin of brachiate
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Brachiate, with opposite branches at right angles to each other.The Elements of Botany
- botany having widely divergent paired branches
- (intr) (of some arboreal apes and monkeys) to swing by the arms from one hold to the next
Word Origin for brachiate
C19: from Latin bracchiātus with armlike branches
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