osculant

[os-kyuh-luh nt]
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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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osculant

adjective
  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

Word Origin for osculant

C19: from Latin ōsculārī to kiss; see osculum
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