[ adjective brey-kee-it, -eyt, brak-ee-; verb brey-kee-eyt, brak-ee- ]
/ adjective ˈbreɪ ki ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˈbræk i-; verb ˈbreɪ kiˌeɪt, ˈbræk i- /


Botany. having widely spreading branches in alternate pairs.
Zoology. having arms.

verb (used without object), bra·chi·at·ed, bra·chi·at·ing.

to progress by means of brachiation.

Nearby words

  1. brachial neuritis,
  2. brachial plexus,
  3. brachial plexus neuropathy,
  4. brachial vein,
  5. brachialgia,
  6. brachiation,
  7. brachiator,
  8. brachio-,
  9. brachiocephalic,
  10. brachiocephalic artery

Origin of brachiate

First recorded in 1825–35, brachiate is from the Latin word brāchiātus with branches like arms. See brachi-, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brachiate


adjective (ˈbreɪkɪɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˈbræk-)

botany having widely divergent paired branches

verb (ˈbreɪkɪˌeɪt, ˈbræk-)

(intr) (of some arboreal apes and monkeys) to swing by the arms from one hold to the next
Derived Formsbrachiation, noun

Word Origin for brachiate

C19: from Latin bracchiātus with armlike branches

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