from The Century Dictionary.
- An order of Mammalia having a long flexible proboscis or trunk.
- A class of corticate protozoans, also called
Rhynchoflagellata, represented by the noctilucans.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun plural (Zoöl.) An order of large mammals including the elephants and mastodons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an order of animals including elephants and mammoths
- noun in some classifications included in the genus Martynia and hence the two taxonomic names for some of the unicorn plants
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Next the shore were found close beds of Elymus, alternating with carpets of _Halianthus peploides_, and further up a poor, even, gravelly soil, covered with water in spring, on which grew only a slate-like lichen, _Gyrophora proboscidea_, and a few flowering plants, of which _Armeria sibirica_ was the most common.
I now went on shore, found a good deal of surf on the beach till we got on the southern side ... here we landed and the first thing we saw was a number of sea elephants* (* The Phoca proboscidea of Peron.) of an immense size lying asleep on the beach, each of them, Barnes the boatswain's mate told me, would make 8 or 9 barrels of oil; as we rowed down the shore we took them to be bluish rocks.
Besides these there are whales, lemurs, and many strange ancestral forms of proboscidea. [
David revealed on BBC Radio Ulster and the Belfast News Letter today that Sheila the proboscidea stayed with his cousin in the evening: "When the head keeper, Dick Foster, left work, Denise took Sheila from her enclosure, walked her a short distance to her house at 278