proboscis

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

Definition of proboscis

plural proboscises also proboscides play \-ˈbä-sə-ˌdēz\
1 a :the trunk of an elephant; also :any long flexible snout
b :the human nose especially when prominent
2 :any of various elongated or extensible tubular processes (such as the sucking organ of a butterfly) of the oral region of an invertebrate

Examples of proboscis in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of proboscis

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

proboscis Synonyms

Synonyms
beak, conk [chiefly British slang], honker [slang], neb, nozzle [slang], nose, schnoz (or schnozz) [slang], schnozzle [slang], smeller, snoot, snout
Related Words
pug, pugnose

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PROBOSCIS Defined for English Language Learners

proboscis

noun

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

proboscis

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

Definition of proboscis for Students

:a long flexible hollow body part (as the trunk of an elephant)

Medical Dictionary

proboscis

noun pro·bos·cis \ prə-ˈbäs-əs , -kəs \

medical Definition of proboscis

plural proboscises also proboscides play \-ˈbäs-ə-ˌdēz\
:any of various elongated or extensible tubular organs or processes especially of the oral region of an invertebrate: as
a :a sucking organ of insects (as houseflies or mosquitoes) that is often also adapted for piercing
b :one of the complex protrusible holdfasts on the scolex of certain tapeworms


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