elephant trunks

elephant trunks

[′el·ə·fənt ‚trəŋks]
(astronomy)
Long, dark regions that encroach into the bright matter in diffuse nebulae, usually bordered by bright rims.
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Their long bendy noses look like tiny elephant trunks, but they're less flexible and can't pick things up.
Dreads hung down heavy like elephant trunks and commanded the same respect.
99), players race around the room with their bouncing elephant trunks and pick up snack cards.
The 24-year-old British actor stars alongside Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in the circus love story which sees R-Patz swap vampire fangs for elephant trunks.
Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Robots could soon change shape like elephant trunks or snakes to manoeuvre under a bridge or through a tunnel and airplanes could change the shape of their wings while in flight as birds do - thanks to a research underway on mimosa plants.
Numerous elephant trunks line the retreating edge of this curtain like stalagmites on a cave floor.
The bulk of all town collections, along with elephant trunks, is stuffed things.
This Town Hall has a very Indian appearance with the carvings of the windows giving an appearance of elephant trunks and the corners of the buildings being reminiscent of Indian and Burmese Temple buildings.
In the wild, elephant trunks are sometimes snapped off by crocodiles when elephants go to river banks to drink water.
Columns of angered ants will crawl up into elephant trunks to repel the hungry beasts from devouring tree cover throughout drought-plagued East African savannas.
These filaments are sometimes referred to as elephant trunks because of their twisting, serpentine shapes.
The color image zeros in on diaphanous pillars of gas, nicknamed elephant trunks, in the Eagle nebula, about 7,000 light-years from Earth (SN: 11/4/95, p.