nostril

[ nos-truh l ]
/ ˈnɒs trəl /

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 nostrils

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 nostrils

nostril
[ nŏstrəl ]

n.

A naris.
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