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osculate

Verb
1. To kiss someone or something.
2. (mathematics) To touch so as to have a common tangent at the point of contact.
3. To make contact.
[Source: Wiktionary]

be intermediate between two taxonomic groups
have at least three points in common with
[Source: WordNet]


Another Republican disses evolution, claims that nobody knows the age of the Earth, and osculates conservative rump Link

Rebecca did a wonderful version of that title tune, revealing lyrics previously unnoticed, like “Osculate Me”. Link

So when you hear people who accept evolution nevertheless refusing to admit that it’s unguided and purposeless, you know you’re dealing with someone who is osculating the rump of faith. Link

To be sure, any pro-science piece is good in the Times, which has shown a recent and distressing habit to publish pieces that osculate the rump of faith. Link

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