KISS, the act of pressing or touching with the lips, cheek, hand or lips of another, as a sign or expression of love, affection, reverence or greeting. Skeat (Etym. Did., 1898) connects the Teut. base kmsa with Lat. gustus, taste, and with Goth, kustus, test, from kinsan, to choose, and takes " kiss " as ultimately a doublet of " choice."
For the liturgical osculum pads or " kiss of peace," see PAX. See _ll,,,.- /"* NT., r, T'L ~ If: 1 *J- TT'.l . 1 11T T-. -w I'histoire de France (1834-1890, series ii. torn. 12).
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