[proh-buh-sid-ee-uh n, -bo-, proh-bos-i-dee-uh n]
- pertaining to or resembling a proboscis.
- having a proboscis.
- belonging or pertaining to the mammals of the order Proboscidea, characterized by a flexible trunk formed of the nostrils and upper lip, large tusks, a massive body, and columnar legs, comprising the elephant and the now-extinct mammoth and mastodon.
- a proboscidean animal.
Origin of proboscidean
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Falconer does not allow for the Proboscidean group being a failing one, and therefore not likely to be giving off new races.
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Proboscidea, an order of massive herbivorous placental mammals having tusks and a long trunk: contains the elephants
- any proboscidean animal
- Any of various mammals of the order Proboscidea, having a long trunk, large tusks, and a massive body. The elephants and its extinct relatives, such as the mastodons, are proboscidians.
- Of or belonging to the order Proboscidea.
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