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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]
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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.
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- the elongated snout of a tapir or elephant.
- the elongated mouthparts of some insects.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005