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proboscis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n proboscis a long flexible snout as of an elephant
    • n proboscis the human nose (especially when it is large)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Proboscis (Zoöl) A hollow organ or tube attached to the head, or connected with the mouth, of various animals, and generally used in taking food or drink; a snout; a trunk.
    • Proboscis (Zoöl) By extension, applied to various tubelike mouth organs of the lower animals that can be everted or protruded.
    • Proboscis The nose.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n proboscis An elephant's trunk; hence, a long flexible snout, as the tapir's, or the nose of the proboscis-monkey. See cut under Nasalis.
    • n proboscis Any proboscidiform part or organ: anything that sticks out in front of an animal like an elephant's trunk. See cut under Cystophorinæ. The human nose, especially when very large. [Humorous.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Proboscis prō-bos′is the trunk of some animals, as the elephant, for conveying food to the mouth: anything like a trunk
    • n Proboscis a mammal of the Proboscidea
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fr. Gr. ; before + to feed, graze

Usage

In literature:

It had a long protruding nose or proboscis, which it inserted into ant-heaps.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The tick produces great irritation by boring into the skin with its armed proboscis.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
In fact, it plays the part of the elephant's proboscis to a limited degree.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
It feeds also upon insects; and will turn over the earth with its long proboscis-like snout.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
By means of this proboscis the creature is enabled to pierce the bodies of other creatures and to suck out their juices.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
That proboscis-looking snout was not to be mistaken.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
My Ariadne was a slumbering orchestra deftly spinning out a thick proboscis-chord of such stuff as dreams are made of.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
He tried his proboscis upon one curiosity after another, in vain.
"Rollo's Museum" by Jacob Abbott
That proboscis-looking snout was not to be mistaken.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
They have no wings, and feed entirely on this cactus, sucking out its sap with their proboscis.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The scarcest monkey in Borneo is the proboscis, or long-nosed.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
Her wings and proboscis are short.
"A Manual or an Easy Method of Managing Bees" by John M. Weeks
The elephant thrust his proboscis into the lake, which disturbed the reflection.
"Moon Lore" by Timothy Harley
Another was pale blue, with a bright-red proboscis two inches long.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
Each of its eight legs possesses two claws, and the proboscis incloses feelers which are similarly armed.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
They get inside his dress, often in great numbers, and insert their proboscis deeply, but without pain.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Down popped the little dark proboscis speedily as thought.
"A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden" by W. A. Ross
Once his proboscis is buried in the skin, the hand is opened, and he is caught, for he cannot withdraw his weapon from the now contracted skin.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
A round rat-shaped head follows this twitching proboscis.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
At the same time Professor Semper's hypothesis suggests an explanation of that curious organ the Nemertine proboscis.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
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In poetry:

Sedate, and steady as before,
He saw the beast appear,
And o'er his head, with hideous roar,
His great proboscis rear.
"The Philosopher" by Samuel Bowden
Some dainty, from his stall bestow'd,
So made the beast his friend;
'Twas joy to see, at this abode,
His blythe proboscis bend.
"The Elephant" by William Hayley

In news:

It is also home to the endemic proboscis monkey, clouded leopards, Malaysian sun bears and more than 230 species of birds.
The large proboscis of the adult male elephant seal s, or bulls, give the species its name.
This young male has the beginning of a proboscis.
Its proboscis works like a syringe to draw out blood.
The resulting itch is caused not by the piercing proboscis or the protein in the mosquito's saliva but by the body's immune response to them.
Gas, stars and even an pachydermic proboscis mix in this photograph of nebula IC 1396, which lurks within the constellation Cepheus.
A Pre-Planetary Pachydermic Proboscis .
To feed, the hawk moth unrolls a long proboscis, sticks it in a flower like a straw, and slurps up nectar.
A Pre- Planetary Pachydermic Proboscis.
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