brachiate

[ 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- /

adjective

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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for brachiate

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 forms of brachiate

brachiation, noun

Word Origin for brachiate

C19: from Latin bracchiātus with armlike branches
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