Definition of Proboscidea in English:


plural noun

  • An order of large mammals that comprises the elephants and their extinct relatives. They are distinguished by the possession of a trunk and tusks.

    • ‘With such a rich fossil record and such a recent American extinction, it is natural to consider restarting New World evolution of the Proboscidea with whatever taxa of elephants are left.’
    • ‘A member of the Proboscidea family (like its cousin the Wooly Mammoth), the mastodon stood almost ten feet tall and weighed in at roughly five tons - surely a big beast by any measure.’
    • ‘A woolly mammoth is one of several types of mammoths in the genus Mammuthus within the order Proboscidea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bones belong to an animal in the order Proboscidea - large mammals with trunks - the same order that includes living elephants.’


Modern Latin (plural), from proboscis.