brachiation


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brachiation

the movement of an animal in its arborial habitat by swinging from tree to tree by means of the arms.
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Apparently the model was inspired by the movement of brachiation, the swinging gait of apes moving hand-over-hand through trees, and by the idea that the apes might improve the efficiency of their movements by timing things so that each hand was near-motionless as it grabbed the next branch.