What does proboscidean mean?

Definitions for proboscidean
ˌproʊ bəˈsɪd i ən, -bɒ-, proʊˌbɒs ɪˈdi ənpro·boscidean

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proboscidean, proboscidiannoun

    massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk


  1. proboscideannoun

    Any of various large, herbivorous mammals, of the order Proboscidea, that have a trunk; the elephants


  1. proboscidean

    A proboscidean is a type of large, herbivorous mammal characterized by a long and flexible snout or trunk. This group includes extinct species like mammoths and mastodons, as well as present day species like elephants. These animals are native to Africa, Asia, and North America. They are known for their large size, tusks, and complex social structures. They are in the taxonomic order Proboscidea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proboscideanadjective


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proboscidean in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proboscidean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of proboscidean in a Sentence

  1. Zhang Hanwen:

    Remarkably for 30 million years, the entire first half of proboscidean evolution, only two of the eight groups evolved, most proboscideans over this time were nondescript herbivores ranging from the size of a pug to that of a boar. A few species got as big as a hippo, yet these lineages were evolutionary dead-ends. They all bore little resemblance to elephants.

  2. Zhang Hanwen:

    This isn't to say we conclusively disproved any human involvement, in our scenario, modern humans settled on each landmass after proboscidean extinction risk had already escalated. An ingenious, highly adaptable social predator like our species could be the perfect black swan occurrence to deliver the coup de grâce.

  3. Zhang Hanwen:

    The aim of the game in this boom period of proboscidean evolution was' adapt or die,' habitat perturbations were relentless, pertained to the ever-changing global climate, continuously promoting new adaptive solutions while proboscideans that didn't keep up were literally, left for dead. The once greatly diverse and widespread mastodonts were eventually reduced to less than a handful of species in the Americas, including the familiar Ice Age American mastodon.


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