Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wonderous Words Wednesday

proboscis [prəʊˈbɒsɪs]
n pl -cises, -cides [-sɪˌdiːz]

1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) a long flexible prehensile trunk or snout, as of an elephant
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) the elongated mouthparts of certain insects, adapted for piercing or sucking food
3. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) any similar part or organ
4. Informal, facetious a person's nose, esp if large
[via Latin from Greek proboskis trunk of an elephant, from boskein to feed]

From the book The Elephant Keeper (page 5) by Christopher Nicholson.


  1. I knew proboscis - maybe because mine is on the large side! Thanks for playing along.

  2. I didn't know proboscis until now but very interesting. Hope you enjoyed The Elephant Keeper.

  3. Thanks! for stopping by.

    Bermudaonion & Margot

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