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osculant

[os-kyuh-luh nt] /ˈɒs kyə lənt/
adjective
1.
united by certain common characteristics.
2.
adhering closely; embracing.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Latin ōsculant- (stem of ōsculāns), present participle of ōsculārī to kiss; see osculate, -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for osculant

osculant

/ˈɒskjʊlənt/
adjective
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
C19: from Latin ōsculārī to kiss; see osculum
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