- the trunk of an elephant.
- any long flexible snout, as of the tapir.
- Also called beak. the elongate, protruding mouth parts of certain insects, adapted for sucking or piercing.
- any of various elongate feeding, defensive, or sensory organs of the oral region, as in certain leeches and worms.
- Facetious. the human nose, especially when unusually long or prominent.
Origin of proboscis
Examples from the Web for proboscis
Historical Examples of proboscis
The elephant thrust his proboscis into the lake, which disturbed the reflection.Moon Lore
The scarcest monkey in Borneo is the proboscis, or long-nosed.Borneo and the Indian Archipelago
Frank S. Marryat
He tried his proboscis upon one curiosity after another, in vain.Rollo's Museum
One of them, a round one, fell on the floor, just out of reach of his proboscis.'Animal Intelligence
George J. Romanes
In the grub he has detected the rudiment of the wing and proboscis of the future being.The Insect
- a long flexible prehensile trunk or snout, as of an elephant
- the elongated mouthparts of certain insects, adapted for piercing or sucking food
- any similar part or organ
- informal, facetious a person's nose, esp if large
Word Origin for proboscis
- A long, flexible snout or trunk, as of an elephant.
- The slender, tubular feeding and sucking organ of certain invertebrates, such as butterflies and mosquitoes.