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
  1. noun
    a long projecting or anterior elongation of an animal's head; especially the nose
    synonyms: neb
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    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
  2. noun
    beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of certain insects such as e.g. weevils
    synonyms: rostrum
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    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
  3. noun
    informal terms for the nose
    synonyms: beak, honker, hooter, nozzle, schnoz, schnozzle, snoot
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    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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