Osculant meaning

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(biol.) Intermediate; linking; shared.
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(zool.) Gripping or adhering together.
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(zoology) Adhering closely; applied to certain creeping animals, such as caterpillars.
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(biology) Intermediate between two genera, groups, families, etc., and having some of the characteristics of each; interosculant.

The genera by which two families approximate are called osculant genera.

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Origin of osculant

  • Latin osculans, osculantis, present participle of osculari to kiss. See osculate.

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