proboscidean

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noun pro·bos·ci·de·an \prə-ˌbä-sə-ˈdē-ən\
variants: or less commonly

proboscidian

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Definition of proboscidean

  1. :  any of an order (Proboscidea) of large mammals comprising the elephants and extinct related forms (such as mastodons)

proboscidean

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of proboscidean

ultimately from Latin proboscid-, proboscis


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