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  • TRUNK was the place at which to aim; there are no bones there; and away, consequently, went the bullet, shearing, as I have said, through one hundred and thirty-five probosces.

    Burlesques

  • The men went, but the elephants ran about half a mile to the opposite end of the island, and swam to the main land with their probosces above the water, and, no canoe being near, they escaped.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • And his blind strokes fought them in vain, or dismayed them only for an instant: they retired, rubbed their probosces. clean, and came back to tickle and bite anew.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg

  • Lions polked with sylphs, crocodiles chased serpents, giants walked arm in arm with dwarfs, elephants on two legs ran nimbly about, beating every body with hope probosces of inflated India rubber.

    The Dodge Club or, Italy in MDCCCLIX

  • The Culex has very short palpi, the name given to the projections parallel to the proboscis; while those of Anopheles are so large that it appears to have three probosces.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)

  • Other hobgoblin forms with huge probosces crawl slowly over the floors of the anemone caves, or crouch as the shadow of my hand or net falls upon them.

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • But all, from the tallest spread-head to the smallest button-face -- all knew the pleasure of the uncertain winds; all knew the game of holding flying things just a moment longer, by fascinating them, by drowsing them into sleepiness, by nipping their probosces, or by puffing perfume into their nostrils while they caught their feet with the pressure of a hundred yellow rods ....

    The Extra Day

  • And, moreover, we dared not let our faces or hands touch the sides of the tent, for immediately the mighty insects would thrust their probosces through the canvas and get us.

    Arthur Peronneau Ford. "Life in the Confederate Army; Being Personal Experiences ..."

  • My skins and rugs are kept in a bag all day, and hermetically sealed against the prying probosces of insectivora.

    Our Home in the Silver West A Story of Struggle and Adventure

  • He lay perfectly still, though, and fortunately -- unfortunately for him -- the herd did not take flight, but attributing the noise to one of their fellows, they went on splashing and cooling their sides, breaking off boughs to tuck into their capacious mouths, writhing and twisting their probosces about the while.

    Off to the Wilds Being the Adventures of Two Brothers

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  • Think you mean proboscis.

    June 11, 2014

  • An elongated appendage from the head of an animal, either a vertebrate or an invertebrate.

    June 11, 2014