osculant


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osculant

(ˈɒskjʊlənt)
adj
1. (Biology) biology (of an organism or group of organisms) possessing some of the characteristics of two different taxonomic groups
2. (Zoology) zoology closely joined or adhering
[C19: from Latin ōsculārī to kiss; see osculum]
References in classic literature ?
A few old and intermediate parent-forms having occasionally transmitted to the present day descendants but little modified, will give to us our so-called osculant or aberrant groups.
The paper presents a case study of the sample pair "kadang" and "kang" (to try and to roast), discussing the following: what osculance is; how to distinguish between reflexes of "kadang" and "kang" (formal and semantic analysis); geographical mapping of the reflexes; "kadang" and "kang" (are they a genuine osculant pair?