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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.
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That, he said, suggested there were butterflies and moths with proboscises fluttering around 200 million years ago.
But the latest discoveries are even older, and push the origin of modern butterflies with proboscises back another 70 million years.
Eventually, bees extended their tonguelike proboscises when exposed to the scent alone.
When researchers gave bees a second whiff, about half of European honeybees stuck out their tonguelike proboscises as soon as the odor wafted by again, anticipating another drop of sugar water.