Definitions for brachiateˈbreɪ ki ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˈbræk i-; -ˌeɪt
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bra•chi•ateˈbreɪ ki ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˈbræk i-; -ˌeɪt(adj.; v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.
(adj.)Bot.having widely spreading branches in alternate pairs.
Zool. having arms.
(v.i.)to progress by means of brachiation.
Origin of brachiate:
1825–35; < L brāchiātus with branches like arms. See brachium
having widely spreading paired branches
"maples are brachiate"
having arms or armlike appendages
swing from one hold to the next
"the monkeys brachiate"
having branches in pairs, decussated, all nearly horizontal, and each pair at right angles with the next, as in the maple and lilac