osculum

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ōsculum (little mouth).

Noun[edit]

osculum (plural oscula)

  1. (chiefly zoology) A small opening or orifice. [from 18th c.]
  2. (zoology, obsolete) One of the suckers on the head of a tapeworm.
  3. (zoology) The main opening in a sponge from which water is expelled.
    • 2012, Caspar Henderson, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, 2013 edition, Granta Books, page 29:
      Waste water was expelled through a single osculum at about 8.5 cm per second – more than eight thousand times as fast as it circulated in the chambers and 85 times as fast as it entered the sponge in the first place.

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Etymology[edit]

From ōs (mouth) +‎ -culum, neuter form of -culus (suffix forming a diminutive).

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Noun[edit]

ōsculum n (genitive ōsculī); second declension

  1. a kiss
  2. a little mouth

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ōsculum ōscula
Genitive ōsculī ōsculōrum
Dative ōsculō ōsculīs
Accusative ōsculum ōscula
Ablative ōsculō ōsculīs
Vocative ōsculum ōscula

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: osculum
  • French: oscule
  • Italian: osculo
  • Romanian: uști
  • Portuguese: ósculo
  • Spanish: ósculo

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