nostril

[nos-truhl]
noun
either of the two external openings of the nose.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English nostrill, Old English nosterl, variant of nosthyrl, equivalent to nos(u) nose + thyrel hole; see thirl

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nostril (ˈnɒstrɪl)
 
n
either of the two external openings of the noseRelated: narial, narine
 
Related: narial, narine
 
[Old English nosthyrl, from nosunose + thyrel hole]

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Word Origin & History

nostril
O.E. nosþyrl, lit. "the hole of the nose," from nosu "nose" + þyrel "hole," from þurh "through."
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
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.
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