from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long flexible snout or trunk, as of an elephant.
- n. The slender, tubular feeding and sucking organ of certain invertebrates, such as insects, worms, and mollusks.
- n. A human nose, especially a prominent one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An elongated tube from the head or connected to the mouth, of an animal.
- n. Informally, a large human nose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hollow organ or tube attached to the head, or connected with the mouth, of various animals, and generally used in taking food or drink; a snout; a trunk.
- n. By extension, applied to various tubelike mouth organs of the lower animals that can be everted or protruded.
- n. The nose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An elephant's trunk; hence, a long flexible snout, as the tapir's, or the nose of the proboscis-monkey. See cut under Nasalis.
- n. Any proboscidiform part or organ: anything that sticks out in front of an animal like an elephant's trunk. See cut under Cystophorinæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long flexible snout as of an elephant
- n. the human nose (especially when it is large)
Latin, from Greek proboskis : pro-, in front; see pro-2 + boskein, to feed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin proboscis, from Greek προβοσκίς "elephant's trunk," literally "means for taking food," from προ "forward" + βόσκειν "to nourish, feed," from βόσκεσςθαι "graze, be fed," from the root *bot (cf. βοτάνη "grass, fodder); more at botany. (Wiktionary)