proboscis: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (prō-bos'is, -kis), [key]
— pl. -bos•cis•es, -bos•ci•des
- the trunk of an elephant.
- any long flexible snout, as of the tapir.
- Also calledthe 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.
- the human nose, esp. when unusually long or prominent.
- proboscis (Thesaurus)