brachiate


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brachiate

[′bra·kē‚āt]
(botany)
Possessing widely divergent branches.
(zoology)
Having arms.
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The sagas' unity, 'like that of the prose romances, is not the traditional unity of theme (where each part is related to the main action), but the characteristically medieval cohesion of themes (where each part need only relate to another part), the formal result being a brachiate plot including a considerable portion of matter which is neither strictly necessary nor strictly superfluous but something in between' (pp.
Their fiery orange fur makes these quiet, usually solitary animals unmistakable at any age: clambering methodically arm over arm from trunk to vine (sometimes hanging by one or both, but orang-utans are too heavy to brachiate like gibbons); hugging a bough as they select fruits or leaves; or building a nest high in the canopy to bed down for the night.
Though he could brachiate well, he could not so much as scratch an itch with his right hand.