proboscis

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From Latin proboscis, from Greek προβοσκίς "elephant's trunk," literally "means for taking food," from προ "forward" + βόσκειν "to nourish, feed," from βόσκεσςθαι "graze, be fed," from the root *bot (cf. βοτάνη "grass, fodder); more at botany.

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proboscis (plural proboscises or proboscides or probosci)

  1. (anatomy) An elongated tube from the head or connected to the mouth, of an animal.
    1. The tubular feeding and sucking organ of certain invertebrates like insects, worms and molluscs.
    2. The trunk of an elephant.
  2. (informal, mildly humorous) A large or lengthy human nose.

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