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Topic: INSECTS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek proboskis, from boskein 'to feed'

proboscis

noun
     
pro‧bos‧cis plural probosces or proboscises [countable]
1HBI a long thin tube that forms part of the mouth of some insects and worms
2HBA the long thin nose of some animals such as an elephant
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