The noun trunk refers to the main stem of a tree. If you want to make maple syrup, you need to tap the trunk of the maple tree and collect the tree's sap, which can then be boiled into a sticky syrup.

The torso of the human body, from the neck to the groin — but not including the head, neck, arms, or legs — is sometimes referred to as the trunk. If you have hives on your trunk, you probably itch on your back, chest and abdomen. The word trunk comes from the Old French word tronc, which referred to the trunk of a tree or a headless body.

Definitions of trunk
  1. noun
    the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber
    synonyms: bole, tree trunk
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    type of:
    stalk, stem
    a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
  2. noun
    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
    synonyms: body, torso
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    type of:
    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  3. noun
    compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools
    “he put his golf bag in the trunk
    synonyms: automobile trunk, luggage compartment
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    British term for the luggage compartment in a car
    type of:
    a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area
  4. noun
    luggage consisting of a large strong case used when traveling or for storage
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    footlocker, locker
    a trunk for storing personal possessions; usually kept at the foot of a bed (as in a barracks)
    type of:
    baggage, luggage
    cases used to carry belongings when traveling
  5. noun
    a long flexible snout as of an elephant
    synonyms: proboscis
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    type of:
    neb, snout
    a long projecting or anterior elongation of an animal's head; especially the nose
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