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  • noun
    The main woody stem of a tree as distinct from its branches and roots. (Trees with large trunks and deep anchoring roots represent the ultimate challenge in withstanding oxygen-deprivation in wetland habitats.)
    A person's or animal's body apart from the limbs and head. (The somites, now positioned on either side of the neural tube, give rise to the vertebrae and ribs, to the muscles of the trunk and limbs, and also contribute to the dermis of the skin.)
    The elongated, prehensile nose of an elephant. (The trunk of an Asian elephant is so exquisitely prehensile that it can pick up a dime from a concrete floor.)
    A large box with a hinged lid for storing or transporting clothes and other articles. (These tiny documents were purchased by a flea market trader in a trunk stored in the attic of a prominent Savannah family during the dispersal of an estate.)


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