Proboscis

Pro*bos"cis

(?), n.;
pl. Proboscides (#).
[L. fr. Gr. ; before + to feed, graze.] 1. (Zol.) 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.
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The proboscis of an elephant is a flexible muscular elongation of the nose. The proboscis of insects is usually a chitinous tube formed by the modified maxill, or by the labium. See Illusts. of Hemiptera and Lepidoptera.
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2. (Zol.) By extension, applied to various tubelike mouth organs of the lower animals that can be everted or protruded.
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The proboscis of annelids and of mollusks is usually a portion of the pharynx that can be everted or protruded. That of nemerteans is a special long internal organ, not connected with the mouth, and not used in feeding, but capable of being protruded from a pore in the head. See Illust. in Appendix.
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3. The nose. [Jocose]
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Proboscis monkey. (Zol.) See Kahau.
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