American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mammal of the order Proboscidea, such as the elephant or its extinct relatives, having a long trunk, large tusks, and a massive body.
- adj. Of or belonging to the order Proboscidea.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as proboscidean.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Pertaining to the Proboscidea.
- n. massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk
- From New Latin Proboscidea, order name, from Latin proboscis, proboscid-, proboscis; see proboscis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Nineteen other species of invertebrates are known: three species of early sirenian (sea cow), one partial skeleton of the primitive proboscidian Moeritherium, early mammals, sharks, crocodiles, three kinds of sawfish, rays, cartilaginous and bony fishes, several kinds of turtles, including a sea turtle and a sea snake.”
“Below the curve of eyes was a protruding diamond-shaped structure with holes at each point of the diamond, and below that a round proboscidian mouth lined with inward-facing fangs.”
“But with the exception of the peculiar muzzle of the Saiga (or European antelope), the only known proboscidian Ungulates are the elephants and tapirs, and to neither of these has the pig any close affinity.”
“In this immense proboscidian, whose skull was three feet long, the upper pair of tusks had disappeared, and those of the lower jaw were bent down with a backward curve in walrus fashion.”
“A proboscidian came next with four short tusks, and in the Miocene there followed a Mastodon (Fig. 346) armed with two pairs of long, straight tusks on which rested a flexible proboscis.”
“The hair verged on a fiery red, the nose was a real sky-scraper and the tipper lip was almost proboscidian in its length.”
“The hair verged on a fiery red, the nose was a real sky-scraper and the upper lip was almost proboscidian in its length.”
“Mastodon arvernensis, a large proboscidian, characteristic of the”
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