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nostril

[nos-truh l] /ˈnɒs trəl/
noun
1.
either of the two external openings of the nose.
Origin
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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  • Do the same at the tip and nostril of your nose and behold, no sound and no sense.
  • Digital also offers predictive control: you can know exactly how his head will shatter, down to each jettisoned nostril.
  • Without my permission, she pierced her nose and now has a small stud in her nostril.
  • As you walk in, one approaches with an eyebrow raised and nose aloft to give you the benefit of full-frontal froggy nostril.
  • Try to catch the discharge outside the nostril on a tissue or swab.
  • By the fourth, there was blood trickling from his left nostril.
  • Mucus from the other nostril should be collected the same way.
British Dictionary definitions for nostril

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 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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nostril in Medicine

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

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