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proboscidean

or proboscidian

[proh-buh-sid-ee-uh n, -bo-, proh-bos-i-dee-uh n] /ˌproʊ bəˈsɪd i ən, -bɒ-, proʊˌbɒs ɪˈdi ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or resembling a proboscis.
2.
having a proboscis.
3.
belonging or pertaining to the mammals of the order Proboscidea, characterized by a flexible trunk formed of the nostrils and upper lip, large tusks, a massive body, and columnar legs, comprising the elephant and the now-extinct mammoth and mastodon.
noun
4.
a proboscidean animal.
Origin of proboscidean
1825-1835
1825-35; < New Latin Proboscide(a) order name (Latin proboscid- (stem of proboscis proboscis) + -ea, neuter plural of -eus adj. suffix; see -eous) + -an
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proboscidean

/ˌprəʊbɒˈsɪdɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Proboscidea, an order of massive herbivorous placental mammals having tusks and a long trunk: contains the elephants
noun
2.
any proboscidean animal
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proboscidean also proboscidian
  (prō'bə-sĭd'ē-ən, prō-bŏs'ĭ-dē'ən)   
  1. Any of various mammals of the order Proboscidea, having a long trunk, large tusks, and a massive body. The elephants and its extinct relatives, such as the mastodons, are proboscidians.

  2. Of or belonging to the order Proboscidea.


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