adj. [[t]ˈbreɪ ki ɪt, -ˌeɪt, ˈbræk i-[/t]] v. [[t]-ˌeɪt[/t]] adj. v. -at•ed, -at•ing
1) bot bot having widely spreading branches in alternate pairs
2) zool. Zool. having arms
3) zool. to progress by means of brachiation
Etymology: 1825–35; < L brāchiātus with branches like arms. See brachium

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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