Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Kissing.
  • In biology, touching or intermediate between two or more groups; inosculant; intergrading: said of genera, families, etc., which connect or link others together.
  • Adhering closely; embracing: applied to certain creeping animals, as caterpillars.
  • noun In mathematics, the invariant whose vanishing signifies that the quantics all vanish, and that there is a syzygetic relation between the tangential qualitics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Kissing; hence, meeting; clinging.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Adhering closely; embracing; -- applied to certain creeping animals, as caterpillars.
  • adjective (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Kissing; hence, touching or meeting; clinging.
  • adjective zoology Adhering closely; applied to certain creeping animals, such as caterpillars.
  • adjective biology Intermediate between two genera, groups, families, etc., and having some of the characteristics of each; interosculant.

Etymologies

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

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