[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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  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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