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PROBOSCIS (proboscides)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does proboscis mean? 

PROBOSCIS (noun)
  The noun PROBOSCIS has 2 senses:

1. the human nose (especially when it is large)
2. a long flexible snout as of an elephant

  Familiarity information: PROBOSCIS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROBOSCIS (noun)


Sense 1proboscis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The human nose (especially when it is large)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Hypernyms ("proboscis" is a kind of...):

nose; olfactory organ (the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 2proboscis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long flexible snout as of an elephant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

proboscis; trunk

Hypernyms ("proboscis" is a kind of...):

neb; snout (a long projecting or anterior elongation of an animal's head; especially the nose)

Holonyms ("proboscis" is a part of...):

elephant (five-toed pachyderm)

mammoth (any of numerous extinct elephants widely distributed in the Pleistocene; extremely large with hairy coats and long upcurved tusks)


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