Meanings

1.
to move hand over hand while hanging
(It's basically how monkeys move in trees. Like "walking" but while hanging. You hang for a second, then you move, hang again, and so on. Also used figuratively.)
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Root: *konk-

The core idea of this root was:

hanging, being in the air

It’s the origin of English to hang and to hinge and also of Stonehenge, which quite literally means “stones in the air”.

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