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proboscis

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noun pro·bos·cis \prə-ˈbä-səs, -ˈbäs-kəs\

Simple Definition of proboscis

  • biology : the long, thin nose of some animals (such as an elephant)

  • biology : a long, thin tube that forms part of the mouth of some insects (such as a butterfly)

  • : a person's nose especially when it is very long or big

Full Definition of proboscis

plural pro·bos·cis·es also pro·bos·ci·desplay \-ˈbä-sə-ˌdēz\

  1. 1 a :  the trunk of an elephant; also :  any long flexible snout b :  the human nose especially when prominent

  2. 2 :  any of various elongated or extensible tubular processes (as the sucking organ of a butterfly) of the oral region of an invertebrate

Examples of proboscis

  1. <if there were a direct relation between mendacity and the length of one's proboscis, hers would be a mile long>



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Origin of proboscis

Latin, from Greek proboskis, from pro- + boskein to feed


First Known Use: 1609

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proboscis

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noun pro·bos·cis \prə-ˈbäs-əs, -kəs\

Medical Definition of proboscis

plural pro·bos·cis·es also pro·bos·ci·des \-ˈbäs-ə-ˌdēz\play

  1. :  any of various elongated or extensible tubular organs or processes especially of the oral region of an invertebrate: asa:  a sucking organ of insects (as houseflies or mosquitoes) that is often also adapted for piercingb:  one of the complex protrusible holdfasts on the scolex of certain tapeworms





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