from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Zoology Having arms or armlike appendages.
  • intransitive v. To move by swinging with the arms from one hold to another, as certain apes do.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having decussate branches.
  • v. To move like a brachiator; to swing from branch to branch, advance by brachiation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, having widely spreading branches arranged in alternate pairs, or decussate; furnished with brachia.
  • In zoology: Having brachia of any kind; brachiferous. Specifically, of or pertaining to the Brachiata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having arms or armlike appendages
  • v. swing from one hold to the next
  • adj. having widely spreading paired branches


Latin brācchiātus, from brācchium, arm. V., from New Latin brāchiāre, brāchiāt-, from brācchium; see brachium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin brachiatus, from brachium ‘arm, branch’. (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from brachiator. (Wiktionary)


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  • from Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear:

    "Don't look now, but we're brachiating."
    "In public?"

    June 17, 2013