- united by certain common characteristics.
- adhering closely; embracing.
Origin of osculant
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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.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)
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.
- biology (of an organism or group of organisms) possessing some of the characteristics of two different taxonomic groups
- zoology closely joined or adhering
C19: from Latin ōsculārī to kiss; see osculum
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