nounpl. -·cises or -·ci·des·
- the trunk of an elephant
- a long, flexible snout, as of a tapir
- any tubular organ for sucking, food-gathering, sensing, etc., as of some insects, worms, and mollusks
- a person's nose, esp. if large: a jocular usage
Origin of proboscisClassical Latin from Classical Greek proboskis from pro-, before + boskein, to feed, graze, probably akin to bous, cow
nounpl. pro·bos·cis·es, or pro·bos·ci·des
- A long flexible snout or trunk, as of an elephant.
- A slender, tubular organ in the head region of an invertebrate, such as certain insects and worms, usually used for sucking or piercing.
- A human nose, especially a prominent one.
Origin of proboscisLatin from Greek proboskis pro- in front ; see pro- 2. boskein to feed
proboscis of a tiger swallowtail butterfly
(plural proboscises or proboscides or probosci)
From Latin proboscis, from Greek Ï€ÏÎ¿Î²Î¿ÏƒÎºÎ¯Ï‚ "elephant's trunk," literally "means for taking food," from Ï€ÏÎ¿ "forward" + Î²ÏŒÏƒÎºÎµÎ¹Î½ "to nourish, feed," from Î²ÏŒÏƒÎºÎµÏƒÏ‚Î¸Î±Î¹ "graze, be fed," from the root *bot (cf. Î²Î¿Ï„Î¬Î½Î· "grass, fodder); more at botany.