proboscidean
also proboscidian noun Etymology: ultimately from Latin proboscid-, proboscis Date: 1835 any of an order (Proboscidea) of large mammals comprising the elephants and extinct related forms (as mastodons) • proboscidean adjective

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  • Proboscidean — Pro bos*cid e*an, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Proboscidian. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proboscidean — [prō΄bə sid′ē ən] n. [see PROBOSCIS & AN] any of an order (Proboscidea) of large mammals having tusks and a long, flexible, tubelike snout, as the elephant adj. of the proboscideans: Also sp. proboscidian …   English World dictionary

  • proboscidean — /proh beuh sid ee euhn, bo , proh bos i dee euhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to or resembling a proboscis. 2. having a proboscis. 3. belonging or pertaining to the mammals of the order Proboscidea, characterized by a flexible trunk formed of the… …   Universalium

  • proboscidean — pro•bos•cid•e•an or pro•bos•cid•i•an [[t]ˌproʊ bəˈsɪd i ən, bɒ , proʊˌbɒs ɪˈdi ən[/t]] adj. 1) bio belonging or pertaining to the Proboscidea, an order of massive tusked mammals with a flexible trunk and columnar legs, comprising the elephant and …   From formal English to slang

  • proboscidean — noun Any of various large, herbivorous mammals, of the order Proboscidea, that have a trunk; the elephants …   Wiktionary

  • proboscidean — [ˌprɒbə sɪdɪən] (also proboscidian) Zoology noun a mammal of the order Proboscidea, which comprises the elephants and their extinct relatives. adjective relating to proboscideans. Origin from mod. L. Proboscidea, from proboscis …   English new terms dictionary

  • proboscidean — pro·bos·ci·de·an …   English syllables

  • proboscidean — /proʊbəˈsɪdiən/ (say prohbuh sideeuhn) adjective 1. relating to or resembling a proboscis. 2. having a proboscis. 3. belonging or relating to the Proboscidea, the order of mammals that consists of the elephants and their extinct allies. Also,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • proboscidean — adj. & n. (also proboscidian) adj. 1 having a proboscis. 2 of or like a proboscis. 3 of the mammalian order Proboscidea, including elephants and their extinct allies. n. a mammal of this order. Etymology: mod.L Proboscidea (as PROBOSCIS) …   Useful english dictionary

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