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proboscis

[proh-bos-is, -kis] /proʊˈbɒs ɪs, -kɪs/
noun, plural proboscises, proboscides
[proh-bos-i-deez] /proʊˈbɒs ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the trunk of an elephant.
2.
any long flexible snout, as of the tapir.
3.
Also called beak. the elongate, protruding mouth parts of certain insects, adapted for sucking or piercing.
4.
any of various elongate feeding, defensive, or sensory organs of the oral region, as in certain leeches and worms.
5.
Facetious. the human nose, especially when unusually long or prominent.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin < Greek proboskís elephant's trunk, literally, feeder, equivalent to pro- pro-2 + bósk(ein) to feed + -is (stem -id-) noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for proboscises

proboscis

/prəʊˈbɒsɪs/
noun (pl) -cises, -cides (-sɪˌdiːz)
1.
a long flexible prehensile trunk or snout, as of an elephant
2.
the elongated mouthparts of certain insects, adapted for piercing or sucking food
3.
any similar part or organ
4.
(informal, facetious) a person's nose, esp if large
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek proboskis trunk of an elephant, from boskein to feed
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Word Origin and History for proboscises

proboscis

n.

c.1600, "elephant's trunk," from Latin proboscis (Pliny), from Greek proboskis "elephant's trunk," literally "means for taking food," from pro "forward" (see pro-) + boskein "to nourish, feed," from boskesthai "graze, be fed," from stem *bot- (cf. botane "grass, fodder;" see botanic).

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proboscis
  (prō-bŏs'ĭs)   
Plural proboscises or proboscides (prō-bŏs'ĭ-dēz')
  1. A long, flexible snout or trunk, as of an elephant.

  2. The slender, tubular feeding and sucking organ of certain invertebrates, such as butterflies and mosquitoes.


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