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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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Examples for nostrils
  • Moisture secreted through the nostrils evaporates as the camel breathes in, cooling the nostrils in the process.
  • Camel's nostrils are miracles of heat exchange and water recovery engineering.
  • Faces turned upward, so that their nostrils are out of water, they creep toward the land at the same rate as the tide.
  • His eyes were bright, his jaw set, excitement flickering around the edge of his nostrils.
  • The nostrils and pupils are carved so deep you could use them to stash contraband.
  • Yet features of its nostrils and eye socket, and a distinctive groove in its jaw mark it as a croc.
  • She is happy to report none of them have involved food in her nostrils.
  • Those molecules then latched onto olfactory receptors located on nerve endings in their nostrils.
  • When fixing on the nose or nostrils or the mouth, the effect is much dampened and all look pretty ordinary.
  • Dilated nostrils, and tail held straight up straight.
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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