united by certain common characteristics.
adhering closely; embracing.
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How to use osculant in a sentence
That proximate circles or larger groups are connected by the intervention of lesser groups, which he denominates osculant.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4) | William Kirby
In this scheme the osculant classes are those placed between the circles.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4) | William Kirby
If each circle is regarded as absolute, the series is broken, though the osculant groups connect the circular ones.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4) | William Kirby
osculant: intermediate in character between two groups or series.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology | John. B. Smith
This is another osculant Order, evidently connecting the Coleoptera with the Orthoptera.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4) | William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for osculant
biology (of an organism or group of organisms) possessing some of the characteristics of two different taxonomic groups
zoology closely joined or adhering
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