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nostril

[ nos-truhl ]
/ ˈnɒs trəl /
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noun
either of the two external openings of the nose.
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Origin of nostril

before 1000; Middle English nostrill,Old English nosterl, variant of nosthyrl, equivalent to nos(u) nose + thyrel hole; see thirl
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British Dictionary definitions for nostril

nostril
/ (ˈnɒstrɪl) /

noun
either of the two external openings of the noseRelated adjectives: narial, narine

Word Origin for nostril

Old English nosthyrl, from nosu nose + thyrel hole
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Medical definitions for nostril

nostril
[ nŏstrəl ]

n.
A naris.
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