With irregular shortening of the stem vowel from Middle High German rüezel, from Old High German *ruozil, from Proto-Germanic *wrōtilaz (“snout”), from Proto-Germanic *wrōtaną, whence also Old High German ruozan (“to grub, root”), Dutch wroeten (“to grub”) and English root.
- pig's snout
- proboscis; trunk (prolonged nose of certain mammals, notably elephants)
- proboscis (similar organ in certain insects, etc.)
- (informal, possibly offensive) beak (human nose, especially a large one)
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