Definition of Brachiate

1. Verb. Swing from one hold to the next. "The monkeys brachiate"

Generic synonyms: Sway, Swing
Derivative terms: Brachiation

2. Adjective. Having widely spreading paired branches. "Maples are brachiate"
Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Similar to: Branchy

3. Adjective. Having arms or armlike appendages.
Category relationships: Zoological Science, Zoology
Similar to: Armed

Definition of Brachiate

1. a. Having branches in pairs, decussated, all nearly horizontal, and each pair at right angles with the next, as in the maple and lilac.

Definition of Brachiate

1. Adjective. Having decussate branches. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To move like a brachiator; to swing from branch to branch, advance by brachiation. ¹

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Definition of Brachiate

1. [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Medical Definition of Brachiate

1. Having branches in pairs, decussated, all nearly horizontal, and each pair at right angles with the next, as in the maple and lilac. Origin: L. Brachiatus (bracch-) with boughs or branches like arms, from brackium (bracch-) arm. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Brachiate

brachial cleft cyst
brachial fascia
brachial gland
brachial lymph nodes
brachial muscle
brachial neuritis
brachial plexitis
brachial plexus
brachial plexus neuropathy
brachial vein
brachial veins
brachiate (current term)
brachiocephalic arteritis
brachiocephalic muscle

Literary usage of Brachiate

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1. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington by Biological Society of Washington (1910)
"The proximal oblong brachiate have the proximal and distal ends somewhat prominent; ... and in the distal portion of the arm the brachiate have the di. ..."

2. A Sketch of the Botany of South-Carolina and Georgia by Stephen Elliott (1821)
"E. Leaves lanceolate ; panicle long; branches brachiate. generally three ... Branches brachiate, expanding, forming a pyramidal panicle Segments of the ..."

3. Forest flora of British Burma by Sulpice Kurz (1877)
"... with a pedicel-like calyx-base, usually by 3-7, forming a brachiate glabrous panicle in the axils of the leaves and at the end of the branchlets; ..."

4. An Elementary Geology: Designed Especially for the Interior States by Ebenezer Baldwin Andrews (1878)
"Following Dana, there are three grand divisions of Mollusks, viz., Ordinary Mollusks, Ascidian Mollusks, and brachiate Mollusks. i. ..."

5. Flora Indica, Or, Descriptions of Indian Plants by William Roxburgh (1832)
"E. brachiate. R. Arboreous. Leaves elliptic, obtuse-pointed. Panicles lateral. ... Panicles lateral and axillary, brachiate half the length of the leaves. i ..."

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