Definition of Proboscidea in English:

Proboscidea

Line breaks: Pro¦bos|cidea
Pronunciation: /ˌprɒbəˈsɪdɪə
 
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noun

Zoology
  • An order of large mammals that comprises the elephants and their extinct relatives. They are distinguished by the possession of a trunk and tusks.
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    • The bones belong to an animal in the order Proboscidea - large mammals with trunks - the same order that includes living elephants.
    • We now think that their resemblance to members of those groups is a result of convergent adaptation for eating ants, and that their real affinities lie with the Sirenia, Hyracoidea, and Proboscidea.
    • A woolly mammoth is one of several types of mammoths in the genus Mammuthus within the order Proboscidea.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from proboscis.

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