proboscis flower

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n proboscis flower annual of southern United States to Mexico having large whitish or yellowish flowers mottled with purple and a long curving beak
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Usage

In literature:

A sword-fish acted as head gardener; he was digging away with his proboscis as we entered, and a saw-fish was raking the flower beds.
"Tales of the Wonder Club" by M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
Describe the sucking tube, or "proboscis," and name some flowers from which it might obtain nectar.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
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In news:

To feed, the hawk moth unrolls a long proboscis, sticks it in a flower like a straw, and slurps up nectar.
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