What does proboscis mean?

Definitions for proboscisproʊˈbɒs ɪs, -kɪs; -ˈbɒs ɪˌdiz

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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

  4. Origin: [L. fr. Gr. ; before + to feed, graze.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proboscis

    prō-bos′is, n. the trunk of some animals, as the elephant, for conveying food to the mouth: anything like a trunk:—pl. Probos′cides.—adjs. Probos′cidāte; Proboscid′ean, having a proboscis.—n. a mammal of the Proboscidea.—n. Probos′cis-monk′ey, a monkey of Borneo, having a long mobile and retractile nose. [L.,—Gr. proboskis, a trunk—pro, in front, boskein, to feed.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proboscis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proboscis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Birute Galdikas:

    We have to protect this stretch of land, if we lose this river edge, where are all the proboscis monkeys going to go? Where are all the (300) orangutans going to go?

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