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, pl.




(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]


(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.


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


elongated, flexible feeding apparatus, formed of the fused mouthparts, in some insects.
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The proboscis length of these flies was significantly longer than their conspecifics that we had captured in the southern mountains [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED]; nevertheless, at c.
If so, can the differences be explained in terms of their relative proboscis and nectar spur lengths?
The longer the snout, the better chance a male monkey has to attract a female proboscis monkey's attention.
An unrolled proboscis is no guarantee the moth will feed, Lopez adds.
com/news/science-environment-42636275) told BBC it had always been assumed that the proboscis, which appears coiled among Lepidopterans, had mutually evolved along with the flowers pollinated by those insects.
Dysdercus koenigii may insert its proboscis into the soft tissues of cotton bolls and causes an abnormal out-growth (warts) on the inner surface of carpel walls and lesions on the lint (Shah, 2014).
A key characteristic for the group is the armed evertible proboscis with numerous hooks (Crompton and Nikol 1985).
Interestingly, we captured a lot of pictures of arboreal primates such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys and langurs (including the very rare Hose's langur) on the ground.
Unlike gastropods that are herbivorous grazers, most predatory gastropods use an extensible proboscis during feeding that is held within a proboscis sheath when not in use (Fig.
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columbiana was related to an unusual defense in which the snail inserted its proboscis deep into one of the sea star's ambulacral grooves and bit the radial nerve.