The Cloud Concise Dictionary of Sparkling and Strange Words presents;
1. To kiss warmly with tongues touching.
Its Greek prefix — meaning “down”, but often with an implication of disparagement or abuse or of something inferior or unpleasant — turns up also in cataclysm, catastrophe, catafalque, and catarrh — a dispiriting set of bed-fellows for this mildly erotic term. Its second part is from Greek glottis, a variant of glossa, tongue.
Sometimes referred to as ‘French Kissing’.
The Romans helped to spread the habit to most of Europe and north Africa. The Romans were passionate about kissing and talked about several types of kissing. Kissing the hand or cheek was called a baseum. Kissing on the lips with mouth closed was called an osculum, which was used between relatives. A kiss of passion was called a saveum.
The Vedic texts of ancient India dating ca. 1500 B.C. onwards talk about rubbing noses together. The epic poem Mahabharata mentions mouth-to-mouth kissing. There is a theory that kissing originated in Ancient India and was spread to Greece by Alexander’s conquering armies. Against that theory is the clear mention of deep kissing in Aristophanes’ play The Clouds*, which was written ca. 420 BC.
Esme’s an old gal see? *beams