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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.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proboscidian - massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunkproboscidian - 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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References in classic literature ?
"Let me propose your name for membership in the Imperial Order of Abnormal Proboscidians, of which I am the High Noble Toby and Surreptitious Treasurer.
"You're missing amazing sights," he says to us, and he leads us to the proboscidians, the mammals with large noses.
Fortunately, some patient persuasion and a pat on the trunk resulted in the two perturbed proboscidians' consenting to confront the camera.