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pro·bos·cis

, pl.

pro·bos·ci·des

,

pro·bos·ci·ses

(prō-bos'is, prō-bos'i-dēz, -sĕz),
1. A long flexible snout, such as that of a tapir or an elephant.
2. In teratology, a cylindric protuberance of the face that, in cyclopia or ethmocephaly, represents the nose.
[G. proboskis, a means of providing food, fr. pro- + boskein, to feed]

proboscis

(prō-bŏs′ĭs, -kĭs)
n. pl. pro·boscises or pro·boscides (-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.

proboscis

  1. the elongated snout of a tapir or elephant.
  2. the elongated mouthparts of some insects.

proboscis

elongated, flexible feeding apparatus, formed of the fused mouthparts, in some insects.