Definition of proboscis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈbɒsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈbɑːsɪs//
    , also NAmE//prəˈbɑːskɪs//
    (pl. probosces
    BrE BrE//prəˈbɒsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈbɑːsiːz//
    , proboscises)
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  1. 1the long flexible nose of some animals, such as an elephant
  2. 2the long thin mouth, like a tube, of some insects
  3. 3(humorous) a large human nose
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek proboskis ‘means of obtaining food’, from pro ‘before’ + boskein ‘(cause to) feed’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: proboscis