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.
This paper suggests that as a likely sign of non-ascertained dialectical variability and unknown historical relations at or even beyond the Proto-Bantu level, these "osculant" clusters deserve more detailed study.