noun, plural pro·bos·cis·es, pro·bos·ci·des [proh-bos-i-deez] /proʊˈbɒs ɪˌdiz/.
- proboscis monkey,
- procaine amide
Origin of proboscis
Examples from the Web for proboscis
They attach themselves to the proboscis of an adult female, and lose their ciliated bands.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
Our driver gives carman a cut across his proboscis with a long lash.The History and Records of the Elephant Club|Knight Russ Ockside and Q. K. Philander Doesticks
The four segmented labium or proboscis encloses the lancet-like maxill and mandibles.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
Here he halted, pointed his proboscis in different directions, stood quite silent, and seemed to listen.The Bush Boys|Captain Mayne Reid
He tried his proboscis upon one curiosity after another, in vain.Rollo's Museum|Jacob Abbott
noun plural -cises or -cides (-sɪˌdiːz)
Word Origin for proboscis
c.1600, "elephant's trunk," from Latin proboscis (Pliny), from Greek proboskis "elephant's trunk," literally "means for taking food," from pro "forward" (see pro-) + boskein "to nourish, feed," from boskesthai "graze, be fed," from stem *bot- (cf. botane "grass, fodder;" see botanic).