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

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  1. The long, projecting nose, mouth and jaw of a beast, as of pigs.
    The pig rooted around in the dirt with its snout
  2. The nose of a man, (in contempt).
    His glasses kept slipping further down onto his prominent snout.
  3. The nozzle of a pipe, hose, etc.
    If you place the snout right into the bucket, it won't spray as much.''
  4. The anterior prolongation of the head of a gastropod; -- called also rostrum.
  5. The anterior prolongation of the head of weevils and allied beetles.


The long, projecting nose, mouth and jaw of a beast, as of pigs
The nose of a man, (in contempt)
The nozzle of a pipe, hose, etc.
  • Hebrew:
The anterior prolongation of the head of weevils and allied beetles


to snout
  1. To furnish with a nozzle or point.

Extensive Definition

A snout is the protruding portion of an animal's face, consisting of its nose, mouth, and jaw. The snout is also often called a muzzle. A piece of equipment also called a muzzle can be placed over the snout to prevent the animal from biting or eating, often used before and after horse races (see animal muzzle).
A wet snout nose is called a rhinarium.

Dog's muzzle

Dogs' muzzles range in shape from extremely long and thin (dolichocephalic), as in the Rough Collie to nearly nonexistent because it is so flat (extreme brachycephalic), as in the Pug. Some breeds, such as many sled dogs and Spitz types, have muzzles that somewhat resemble the original wolf's in size and shape, and others in the less extreme range have shortened it somewhat (mesocephalic) as in many hounds.
The muzzle begins at the stop, just below the eyes, and contains the dog's nose and mouth. Most of the dog's upper muzzle contains organs for detecting scents. The loose flaps of skin on the sides of the upper muzzle that hang to different lengths over the dog's mouth are called flews. The snout is considered a weak point on most animals, because of its structure an animal can be easily stunned or even knocked out by applying sufficient force.
It is innervated by one of the twelve pairs of cranial nerves. These nerves start in the brain and emerge through the skull to their target organs. Other destinations of these nervs are eyeballs, teeth and tongue.
snout in Catalan: Musell
snout in German: Schnauze
snout in Spanish: Hocico
snout in Esperanto: Muzelo
snout in French: Museau
snout in Dutch: Snuit
snout in Norwegian: Snute
snout in Polish: Kufa (kynologia)
snout in Portuguese: Focinho
snout in Russian: Морда (анатомия)
snout in Sicilian: Mussu (testa)
snout in Finnish: Kuono
snout in Swedish: Nos

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

antlia, beak, beezer, bib nozzle, bill, bugle, conk, muffle, muzzle, nares, neb, nib, nose, nostrils, nozzle, olfactory organ, pecker, pressure nozzle, proboscis, rhinarium, rose, rosehead, rostrum, schnozzle, shower head, smeller, snitch, snoot, spray nozzle, sprinkler head, trunk
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