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(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 resembles a rolled-up paper towel, with tiny grooves that pull the liquid upwards along the edges, carrying along the bead of liquid in the middle of the tube.
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Likewise to the proportions of my proboscis and to eyes that at times of great excitement (rare in my life, admittedly) resemble those of a psychotic on a particularly trying day.
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The proboscis monkey was voted third ugliest animal in the world for having a big nose and can be seen in Borneo, an island in Southeast Asia.
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Paralarvae have photophores on the ventral surface of the eyes, a single intestinal photophore, and enlarged lateral proboscis suckers (Wakabayashi et al.
a leading scientist in the field of sensory biology and now a professor at UC Santa Barbara, and graduate student Jinfei Ni to get an up-close view of the fly equivalent of a tongue: its long, curly proboscis.