brachiate

brachiate

[adj. brey-kee-it, -eyt, brak-ee-; v. brey-kee-eyt, brak-ee-]
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:
1825–35; < Latin brāchiātus with branches like arms. See brachi-, -ate1

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brachiate
 
adj
1.  botany having widely divergent paired branches
 
vb
2.  (intr) (of some arboreal apes and monkeys) to swing by the arms from one hold to the next
 
[C19: from Latin bracchiātus with armlike branches]
 
brachi'ation
 
n

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