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Proboscidea

Line breaks: Pro¦bos|cidea
Pronunciation: /ˌprɒbəˈsɪdɪə
 
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Definition of Proboscidea in English:

plural 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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