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

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

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

British Dictionary definitions for brachiate


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

Word Origin for brachiate

C19: from Latin bracchiātus with armlike branches
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