Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • adj. Pertaining to the Proboscidea.
  • n. One of the Proboscidea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the Proboscidea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as proboscidean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk

Etymologies

From New Latin Proboscidea, order name, from Latin proboscis, proboscid-, proboscis; see proboscis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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.

    Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley), Egypt

  • 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.

    Codgerspace

  • 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.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • 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.

    The Elements of Geology

  • 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 Elements of Geology

  • 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 Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him

  • The hair verged on a fiery red, the nose was a real sky-scraper and the upper lip was almost proboscidian in its length.

    The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him

  • Mastodon arvernensis, a large proboscidian, characteristic of the

    The Antiquity of Man

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