- a small mouthlike aperture, as of a sponge.
Origin of osculum
1605–15; < New Latin, Latin ōsculum, equivalent to ōs mouth + -culum -cule1
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Examples from the Web for osculum
Osculum twice as broad as the central chamber, surrounded by a coronal of strong conical teeth, twice as long as its diameter.
Osculum is a friendly; suavium, a tender; basium, an ardent kiss.Dderlein's Hand-book of Latin Synonymes
The osculum was a sort of "donation on account of marriage" made on the day of the formal engagement.A Short History of Women's Rights
Eugene A. Hecker
Note the spicules covering the surface of the body, and the longer ones surrounding the osculum.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
He introduced in his church the primitive custom of the “osculum pacis” and the “agape” celebrated as a common meal with broth.
- zoology a mouthlike aperture, esp the opening in a sponge out of which water passes
C17: from Latin: a kiss, little mouth, diminutive of ōs mouth
- A pore or minute opening.
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