Osculant
Osculant Os"cu*lant, a. [L. osculans, -antis, p. pr. of osculari to kiss. See {Osculate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Kissing; hence, meeting; clinging. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Adhering closely; embracing; -- applied to certain creeping animals, as caterpillars. [1913 Webster]

3. (Biol.) Intermediate in character, or on the border, between two genera, groups, families, etc., of animals or plants, and partaking somewhat of the characters of each, thus forming a connecting link; interosculant; as, the genera by which two families approximate are called osculant genera. [1913 Webster]


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  • osculant — [äs′kyo͞o lənt, äs′kyələnt] adj. [L osculans, prp. of osculari: see OSCULATE] 1. Biol. intermediate; linking; shared: said of a characteristic common to two or more groups, genera, etc. 2. Zool. gripping or adhering together …   English World dictionary

  • osculant — /os kyeuh leuhnt/, adj. 1. united by certain common characteristics. 2. adhering closely; embracing. [1810 20; < L osculant (s. of osculans), prp. of osculari to kiss; see OSCULATE, ANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • osculant — ˈäskyələnt adjective Etymology: New Latin osculant , osculans, from Latin, present participle of osculari to kiss 1. : intermediate in character : forming a connecting link between two groups 2. : adhering closely : embracing …   Useful english dictionary

  • osculant — adj. [L. osculare, to kiss] 1. Adhering closely. 2. A connecting link between two groups; having intermediate characters, as in genera and species …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • osculant — a. 1. Kissing, osculatory, osculating. 2. (Ent.) Embracing, adhering …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • osculant — os·cu·lant …   English syllables

  • osculant — Pertaining to a close embrace or long kiss …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • osculant — /ˈɒskjələnt/ (say oskyuhluhnt) adjective 1. united by certain common characteristics. 2. Zoology adhering closely; embracing. {Latin osculans, present participle, kissing} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Interosculant — In ter*os cu*lant, a. 1. Mutually touching or intersecting; as, interosculant circles. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Uniting two groups; said of certain genera which connect family groups, or of species that connect genera. See {Osculant}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Osculate — Os cu*late, v. i. 1. To kiss one another; to kiss. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) To touch closely. See {Osculation}, 2. [1913 Webster] 3. (Biol.) To have characters in common with two genera or families, so as to form a connecting link between them;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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