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brachiate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj brachiate having arms or armlike appendages
    • adj brachiate having widely spreading paired branches "maples are brachiate"
    • v brachiate swing from one hold to the next "the monkeys brachiate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Brachiate (Bot) Having branches in pairs, decussated, all nearly horizontal, and each pair at right angles with the next, as in the maple and lilac.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brachiate In botany, having widely spreading branches arranged in alternate pairs, or decussate; furnished with brachia.
    • brachiate In zoology: Having brachia of any kind; brachiferous. Specifically, of or pertaining to the Brachiata.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. brachiatus, bracch,-) with boughs or branches like arms, from brackium, bracch,-) arm

Usage

In literature:

Even I had never learned to navigate one of these swing-bridges without assistance; human arms are no longer suited to brachiation.
"The Planet Savers" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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In news:

Photo by monkeytime brachiator via Flickr Creative Commons.
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