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[os-kyuh-luh nt]
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  1. united by certain common characteristics.
  2. adhering closely; embracing.
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Origin of osculant

1810–20; < Latin ōsculant- (stem of ōsculāns), present participle of ōsculārī to kiss; see osculate, -ant
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Related Words for osculant

adherent, coherent, persistent, tenacious, viscous, viscid, agglutinant, osculant

Examples from the Web for osculant

Historical Examples of osculant

  • Osculant: intermediate in character between two groups or series.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • In this scheme the osculant classes are those placed between the circles.

  • This is an osculant Order, and is distinguished from the other Aptera L. in undergoing a regular metamorphosis.

  • If each circle is regarded as absolute, the series is broken, though the osculant groups connect the circular ones.

British Dictionary definitions for osculant


  1. biology (of an organism or group of organisms) possessing some of the characteristics of two different taxonomic groups
  2. zoology closely joined or adhering
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Word Origin for osculant

C19: from Latin ōsculārī to kiss; see osculum
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