proboscis

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From Latin proboscis, from Ancient Greek προβοσκίς ‎(proboskís, elephant's trunk) literally "means for taking food," from προ- ‎(pro-, before) +‎ βόσκω ‎(bóskō, to nourish, feed), from the root *bot, from which also comes βοτάνη ‎(botánē, grass, fodder); more at botany.

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proboscis ‎(plural proboscises or proboscides)

  1. (anatomy) An elongated tube from the head or connected to the mouth, of an animal.
    1. (entomology, malacology) 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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