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 Webster]

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