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proboscis
proboscis of a tiger swallowtail butterfly

pro·bos·cis

 (prō-bŏs′ĭs, -kĭs)
n. pl. pro·bos·cis·es or pro·bos·ci·des (-bŏs′ĭ-dēz′)
1. A long flexible snout or trunk, as of an elephant.
2. A slender, tubular organ in the head region of an invertebrate, such as certain insects and worms, usually used for sucking or piercing.
3. A human nose, especially a prominent one.

[Latin, from Greek proboskis : pro-, in front; see pro-2 + boskein, to feed.]

proboscis

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

pro•bos•cis

(proʊˈbɒs ɪs, -kɪs)

n., pl. -bos•cis•es, -bos•ci•des (-ˈbɒs ɪˌdiz)
1. the trunk of an elephant.
2. any long flexible snout, as of the tapir.
3. the elongate, protruding process on the head of certain insects or worms, used for feeding or for sensing food.
4. Facetious. the human nose, esp. when large.
[1570–80; < Latin < Greek proboskís elephant's trunk =pro- pro-2 + bósk(ein) to feed + -is (s. -id-) n. suffix]

pro·bos·cis

(prō-bŏs′ĭs)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proboscis - the human nose (especially when it is large)
nose, olfactory organ - the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals; "he has a cold in the nose"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
2.proboscis - a long flexible snout as of an elephantproboscis - a long flexible snout as of an elephant
neb, snout - a long projecting or anterior elongation of an animal's head; especially the nose
elephant - five-toed pachyderm
mammoth - any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks

proboscis

noun
The structure on the human face that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and forms the beginning of the respiratory tract:
Informal: beak, snoot.
Translations
خُرْطوم الفيل
chobotsosák
snabel
kärsä
rani; neftota
čiulptuvasstraublys
smecerissnuķis

proboscis

[prəʊˈbɒsɪs] N (proboscises or probocides (pl)) [prəʊˈbɒsɪdiːz]probóscide f, trompa ftrompa f

proboscis

n (Zool, hum inf) → Rüssel m

proboscis

(prəˈbosis) noun
a nose, or mouth-part in certain animals, insects etc.
References in classic literature ?
The mouth of the animal was situated at the extremity of a proboscis some sixty or seventy feet in length, and about as thick as the body of an ordinary elephant.
Four membranous wings covered with little colored scales of metallic appearance; mouth forming a rolled proboscis, produced by an elongation of the jaws, upon the sides of which are found the rudiments of mandibles and downy palpi; the inferior wings retained to the superior by a stiff hair; antennae in the form of an elongated club, prismatic; abdomen pointed, The Death's -- headed Sphinx has occasioned much terror among the vulgar, at times, by the melancholy kind of cry which it utters, and the insignia of death which it wears upon its corslet.
To a man of philosophic temperament like myself the blood-tick, with its lancet-like proboscis and its distending stomach, is as beautiful a work of Nature as the peacock or, for that matter, the aurora borealis.
His face was composed and occupied, but his nose-tip still had the air of being the most mobile part of his face, as if it had just turned from left to right like an elephant's proboscis.
On the agitation of his web, the enormous spider made an abrupt move from his central cell, then with one bound, rushed upon the fly, which he folded together with his fore antennae, while his hideous proboscis dug into the victim's bead.
To-day we number four Emperors of the Abnormal Proboscis in good standing - doubles every four weeks, see?
Thus it might be a great advantage to the hive-bee to have a slightly longer or differently constructed proboscis.
I may remark, that in Abyssinia the elephant, according to Bruce, when it cannot reach with its proboscis the branches, deeply scores with its tusks the trunk of the tree, up and down and all round, till it is sufficiently weakened to be broken down.
They can't be bees--nobody ever saw bees a mile off, you know--' and for some time she stood silent, watching one of them that was bustling about among the flowers, poking its proboscis into them, 'just as if it was a regular bee,' thought Alice.
In the wild, a honeybee extends its tonguelike proboscis when it happens upon preferred flower types, which it learns to identify by smell.
You might catch a glimpse of the proboscis monkey (found only in Borneo); examine the Bintangor tree, which is being studied as a treatment for AIDS; or taste the bananas that grow upside down.
Washington, November 23 (ANI): A scientist is getting inspiration from a butterfly's proboscis to make small probes that can sample the fluid inside of cells.