Origin of proboscideansee proboscis and -an
Origin of proboscideanFrom New Latin Proboscidea order name from Latin proboscis proboscid- proboscis ; see proboscis .
also proboscidian (prōˌ◌bə-sĭdˌ◌ē-ən, prō-bŏsˌ◌ĭ-dēˌ◌ən)
- Any of various mammals of the order Proboscidea, having a long trunk, large tusks, and a massive body. The elephants and its extinct relatives, such as the mastodons, are proboscidians.
- Of or belonging to the order Proboscidea.