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also pro·bos·cid·i·an  (prō′bə-sĭd′ē-ən, prō-bŏs′ĭ-dē′ən)
Any of various mammals of the order Proboscidea, including elephants and their extinct relatives, usually having a trunk and tusks.
Of or belonging to the order Proboscidea.

[From New Latin Proboscidea, order name, from Latin proboscis, proboscid-, proboscis; see proboscis.]


(ˌprəʊbɒˈsɪdɪən) or


(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Proboscidea, an order of massive herbivorous placental mammals having tusks and a long trunk: contains the elephants
(Animals) any proboscidean animal


or pro•bos•cid•i•an

(ˌproʊ bəˈsɪd i ən, -bɒ-, proʊˌbɒs ɪˈdi ən)

1. belonging or pertaining to the Proboscidea, an order of massive tusked mammals with a flexible trunk and columnar legs, comprising the elephant and the now extinct mammoth and mastodon.
2. a proboscidean animal.
[1825–35; < New Latin Proboscide(a) (Latin proboscid- (s. of proboscis proboscis) + -ea, neuter pl. of -eus -eous) + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proboscidean - massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunkproboscidean - massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
order Proboscidea, Proboscidea - an order of animals including elephants and mammoths
elephant - five-toed pachyderm
mastodon, mastodont - extinct elephant-like mammal that flourished worldwide from Miocene through Pleistocene times; differ from mammoths in the form of the molar teeth
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New Radiocarbon Ages on Percussion-Fractured and Flaked Proboscidean Limb Bones from Yukon, Canada.
Bodily configurations of elephants, including homeothermy, hair, dry skin, condition the desirability of commodified haptic experiences, which would be different and unappealing if Proboscidean bodies were scaly, slimy or rough (Lorimer, 2007).
Of the three kinds of fossil proboscidean species in the area at that time, the one that most likely made the trackways was Stegotetrabelodon syrticus, the earliest known member of the elephant family, "which carried tusks in both its upper and lower jaws," Bibi told LiveScience.
So now I'm looking out for the Transparent Container Stall - (Bottles) or by the same logic the White Elephant could be the Albino Proboscidean.
Barytherium is a genus of an extinct family (Barytheriidae) of primitive proboscidean that lived during the late Eocene and early Oligocene ages in North Africa.
The family tree of elephants, mammoths, and mastodons can be traced back 55,000,000 years to when the proboscidean order originated in Africa.
Leptarctus and the proboscidean taxon are both rare Great Plains taxa (for this time interval), and these specimens increase the amount of information that is already known from them.
Advances in proboscidean taxonomy & classification, anatomy & physiology, and ecology & behavior.
Stable isotope evidence for an amphibious phase in early proboscidean evolution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 5786-5791.
Creatures in the proboscidean genus Moeritherium have been known for more than a century, but scientists have never agreed about how the animals lived, says Alexander G.
Global archaeological evidence for proboscidean overkill.
The past sixty-odd years of proboscidean study in Michigan have been especially important, because during this interval efforts have shifted from the collection, recording, and exhibition of large mastodont and mammoth remains to an attempt to answer many biological questions about them.