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nostril

[nos-truh l] /ˈnɒs trəl/
noun
1.
either of the two external openings of the nose.
Origin of nostril
1000
before 1000; Middle English nostrill, Old English nosterl, variant of nosthyrl, equivalent to nos(u) nose + thyrel hole; see thirl
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  • His upper lip, arched like an eyebrow, curved upwards to his nostrils and his lower hung down like a camel's.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • The nostrils open at the sides, and are separated by a wide piece of cartilage.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • In some cases the discharge from the nostrils is tinged with blood, while in other cases it has the appearance of muco-pus.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • But he could not keep his nostrils from swelling, or his eyes from flashing.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • He was a short, puffy little man, with a bullet head at half-cock in the air, producing a general effect of nostrils on you.

British Dictionary definitions for nostrils

nostril

/ˈnɒstrɪl/
noun
1.
either of the two external openings of the nose related adjectives narial narine
Word Origin
Old English nosthyrl, from nosunose + thyrel hole
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Word Origin and History for nostrils

nostril

n.

Old English nosþyrl, nosðirl, literally "the hole of the nose," from nosu "nose" (see nose (n.)) + þyrel "hole" (see thrill (v.)).

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nostrils in Medicine

nostril nos·tril (nŏs'trəl)
n.
A naris.

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