Origin of proboscis
- Latin from Greek proboskis pro- in front pro–2 boskein to feed
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.