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[os-kyuh-luh m] /ˈɒs kyə ləm/

noun, plural oscula
[os-kyuh-luh] /ˈɒs kyə lə/ (Show IPA)
a small mouthlike aperture, as of a sponge.
noun (pl) -la (-lə)
(zoology) a mouthlike aperture, esp the opening in a sponge out of which water passes

osculum os·cu·lum (ŏs’kyə-ləm)
n. pl. os·cu·la (-lə)
A pore or minute opening.


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    [os-kyuh-luh nt] /ˈɒs kyə lənt/ adjective 1. united by certain common characteristics. 2. adhering closely; embracing. /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

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    [os-kyuh-ler] /ˈɒs kyə lər/ adjective 1. pertaining to an osculum. 2. pertaining to the mouth or kissing: oscular stimulation. /ˈɒskjʊlə/ adjective 1. (zoology) of or relating to an osculum 2. of or relating to the mouth or to kissing

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