- either of the two external openings of the nose.
Origin of nostril
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Examples from the Web for nostril
The nose was long, prominent, and delicately sharp in the nostril.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
To drink, its end is inserted in the pool and water is drawn up the nostril.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
In its nostril was sticking a sword, about three inches long, of a young swordfish.Tales of Fishes
And the smell of peaty clothes smote him on the nostril for the first time that day.Gilian The Dreamer
If none of these methods arrest the bleeding the nostril must be plugged.
- either of the two external openings of the noseRelated adjectives: narial, narine
Old English nosthyrl, from nosu nose + thyrel hole
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Word Origin and History for nostril
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- A naris.
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