[ nair-eez ]
/ ˈnɛər iz /

plural noun, singular nar·is [nair-is] /ˈnɛər ɪs/. Anatomy.

the nostrils or the nasal passages.

Origin of nares

1685–95; < Latin nārēs, plural of nāris a nostril; see nose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nares


/ (ˈnɛəriːz) /

pl n singular naris (ˈnɛərɪs)

anatomy the nostrils

Word Origin for nares

C17: from Latin; related to Old English nasu, Latin nāsus nose
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Word Origin and History for nares



"nostrils," 1690s, from Latin nares, plural of naris "nostril," from PIE root *nas- (see nose (n.)).

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