Definitions for proboscisproʊˈbɒs ɪs, -kɪs; -ˈbɒs ɪˌdiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•bos•cisproʊˈbɒs ɪs, -kɪs; -ˈbɒs ɪˌdiz(n.)(pl.)-bos•cis•es, -bos•ci•des

  1. the trunk of an elephant.

    Category: Zoology

  2. any long flexible snout, as of the tapir.

    Category: Zoology

  3. the elongate, protruding process on the head of certain insects or worms, used for feeding or for sensing food.

    Category: Zoology

  4. Facetious. the human nose, esp. when large.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of proboscis:

1570–80; < L < Gk proboskís elephant's trunk =pro-pro -2+bósk(ein) to feed +-is (s. -id-) n. suffix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. proboscis(noun)

    the human nose (especially when it is large)

  2. proboscis, trunk(noun)

    a long flexible snout as of an elephant


  1. proboscis(Noun)

    An elongated tube from the head or connected to the mouth, of an animal.

  2. proboscis(Noun)

    Informally, a large human nose.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proboscis(noun)

    a hollow organ or tube attached to the head, or connected with the mouth, of various animals, and generally used in taking food or drink; a snout; a trunk

  2. Proboscis(noun)

    by extension, applied to various tubelike mouth organs of the lower animals that can be everted or protruded

  3. Proboscis(noun)

    the nose


  1. Proboscis

    A proboscis is an elongated appendage from the head of an animal, either a vertebrate or an invertebrate. In invertebrates, the term usually refers to tubular mouthparts used for feeding and sucking. In vertebrates, the term is used to describe an elongated nose or snout.

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a nose, or mouth-part in certain animals, insects etc.

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