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pro·bos·cis  audio  (pr-bss) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. pro·bos·cis·es or pro·bos·ci·des  (-bs-dz) KEY 
  1. A long flexible snout or trunk, as of an elephant.
  2. The slender, tubular feeding and sucking organ of certain invertebrates, such as insects, worms, and mollusks.
  3. A human nose, especially a prominent one.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin, from Greek proboskis : pro-, in front ; see pro-2 + boskein, to feed


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