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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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  • That and a slight paleness of the nostrils were the only evidences of his condition.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The scent of a big item was in his nostrils, and it stimulated him like champagne.

  • The dripping of water reached the ear; the smell of dampness the nostrils.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The stinging air bit my nostrils and drove my hands into my pockets.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • How would they ever get the smell of the smoke of that sacrifice out of their nostrils?

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
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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