Definition of proboscis
1a : the trunk of an elephant; also : any long flexible snoutb : 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
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
This implies that Macrauchenia may have had a mobile proboscis, as pictured here.
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.
The males’ large trunk-like nose, called a proboscis, helps them produce their signature sound and is the namesake for the species.
The assassin bug's deadly proboscis is both sword and siphon.
Rather, the team of SNL makeup artists and costume people had roughly four minutes to execute that transition, attaching a proboscis-like mask to McKinnon's face and draping her in nets and seaweed.
The extending proboscis of Alberto Giacometti’s Nose may recall the organic extensions of the Dendrochilum wenzelii.
The Mongolian saiga is a subspecies, smaller and stockier than its Kazakhstan counterparts, with horns of a different shape and a slightly more refined proboscis.
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Origin and Etymology of proboscis
Latin, from Greek proboskis, from pro- + boskein to feed
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
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
Definition of proboscis for Students
: a long flexible hollow body part (as the trunk of an elephant)
Medical Definition of proboscis
: 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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