proboscidian

proboscidean

[proh-buh-sid-ee-uhn, -bo-, proh-bos-i-dee-uhn]
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.
Also, proboscidian.


Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-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 or proboscidian (ˌprəʊbɒˈsɪdɪən)
 
adj
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
 
n
2.  any proboscidean animal
 
proboscidian or proboscidian
 
adj
 
n

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proboscidean also proboscidian   (prō'bə-sĭd'ē-ən, prō-bŏs'ĭ-dē'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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