Examples of proboscis in a Sentence
if there were a direct relation between mendacity and the length of one's proboscis, hers would be a mile long
Recent Examples of proboscis from the Web
Just about every butterfly and moth that has hollow scales today has a proboscis, Mr. van Eldijk said.
With no flowers around, the researchers believe the primitive moths and butterflies developed the physical attributes — namely the sucking proboscis — to find nutrition from sugary water droplets from the tips of tree seeds.
When a Madagascan orchid was found to have a nectar-secreting organ almost 12 inches long, Darwin predicted the existence of a moth with a proboscis long enough to reach the nectary’s depths.
The assassin bug's deadly proboscis is both sword and siphon.
Each butterfly uses its proboscis to ingest its meal.
Beware: That proboscis of theirs can leave a painful nip.
Having a big nose: structure, ontogeny, and function of the elephant seal proboscis.
While one tube in the proboscis draws blood, a second pumps in saliva containing a mild painkiller and an anti-coagulant.
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Origin and Etymology of proboscis
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PROBOSCIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proboscis for English Language Learners
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
PROBOSCIS Defined for Kids
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