osculant

[ os-kyuh-luhnt ]
/ ˈɒs kyə lənt /

adjective

united by certain common characteristics.
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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British Dictionary definitions for osculant

osculant
/ (ˈɒskjʊlənt) /

adjective

biology (of an organism or group of organisms) possessing some of the characteristics of two different taxonomic groups
zoology closely joined or adhering

Word Origin for osculant

C19: from Latin ōsculārī to kiss; see osculum
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