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Meaning of proboscidean

pro•bos•cid•e•an

Pronunciation: (prō"bu-sid'ē-un, -bo-, prō-bos"i-dē'un), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to or resembling a proboscis.
  2. having a proboscis.
  3. 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.
—n.
  1. a proboscidean animal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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