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- n. The proboscis of hemipterous insects.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The proboscis of hemipterous insects. See Illust. under hemiptera.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In entomology, a proboscis; a beak or rostrum of various insects: originally applied by Illiger (1806) to the mouth-parts of bees; applied by Kirby and Spence (1818) and subsequent authors to the oral instrument of hemipterous insects, in which the ordinary trophi are replaced by a sheath containing four hair-like lancets or scalpella.
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[Footnote 696: Cassiodorus calls it 'promuscis.'] 'When it comes to water it sucks up in its trunk a vast quantity, which at the word of command it squirts forth like a shower.