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

     

    proboscis

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//prəˈbɒsɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈbɑːsɪs//
     
    , also NAmE//prəˈbɑːskɪs//
     
    (pl. probosces
    BrE BrE//prəˈbɒsiːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈbɑːsiːz//
     
    , proboscises)
    (specialist)
     
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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 Origin early 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