snout

An animal's long, protruding nose is often called a snout. The tricky part, though, is that not all long animal noses are called snouts.

An elephant has a very long nose, but we don't call it a snout, we call it a trunk. A horse's nose is rarely referred to as a snout, because it's really their whole face that's long. Birds have beaks. Most dogs have a snout, except for pugs and boxers and other dogs with smashed-in faces. Bears have snouts, as do rats. Do yourself a favor, though, and never tell a person that they have a snout, no matter how large their nose is. Believe it or not, snout may actually be a cousin of the word snot: that should help you remember it!

DEFINITIONS OF: snout

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n a long projecting or anterior elongation of an animal's head; especially the nose

Synonyms:
neb
Types:
proboscis, trunk
a long flexible snout as of an elephant
Type of:
nose, olfactory organ
the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals

n beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of certain insects such as e.g. weevils

Synonyms:
rostrum
Type of:
nose, olfactory organ
the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals

n informal terms for the nose

Synonyms:
beak, honker, hooter, nozzle, schnoz, schnozzle, snoot
Type of:
nose, olfactory organ
the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals
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