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brachiate

[adj. brey-kee-it, -eyt, brak-ee-; v. brey-kee-eyt, brak-ee-] /adj. ˈbreɪ ki ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˈbræk i-; v. ˈbreɪ kiˌeɪt, ˈbræk i-/
adjective
1.
Botany. having widely spreading branches in alternate pairs.
2.
Zoology. having arms.
verb (used without object), brachiated, brachiating.
3.
to progress by means of brachiation.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Latin brāchiātus with branches like arms. See brachi-, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for brachiate

brachiate

adjective (ˈbreɪkɪɪt; -ˌeɪt; ˈbræk-)
1.
(botany) having widely divergent paired branches
verb (ˈbreɪkɪˌeɪt; ˈbræk-)
2.
(intransitive) (of some arboreal apes and monkeys) to swing by the arms from one hold to the next
Derived Forms
brachiation, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin bracchiātus with armlike branches
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