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[nair-eez] /ˈnɛər iz/
plural noun, singular naris
[nair-is] /ˈnɛər ɪs/ (Show IPA).
the nostrils or the nasal passages.
Origin of nares
1685-95; < Latin nārēs, plural of nāris a nostril; see nose Unabridged
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  • nares could only just see the negro, who was probably attempting to recover his senses, for he said nothing.

    Long Odds Harold Bindloss
  • Under this persuasion Drayton put script of mart as equivalent (nares).

    The Battaile of Agincourt Michael Drayton
  • There was a clamor from the men below, a gasp behind nares, and a folded canvas chair struck the next negro on the breast.

    Long Odds Harold Bindloss
  • Consult the new edition of nares' Glossary, voce Walsingham.

  • These were rather numerous (as nares contemptuously put it) "for a lime-juicer."

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • Agreeing in this derivation, we do not admit nares's explanation.

    The Book of Christmas Thomas K. Hervey
  • A little smoke curled from the breech which he opened before he shook hands with nares.

    Long Odds Harold Bindloss
  • This was an offer too valuable to be disregarded, and was accepted by Captain nares.

    The Great Frozen Sea Albert Hastings Markham
  • There was no answering flash from the hut and nares could see that its shadowy entrance was empty.

    Long Odds Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for nares


plural noun (sing) naris (ˈnɛərɪs)
(anatomy) the nostrils
Word Origin
C17: from Latin; related to Old English nasu, Latin nāsus nose
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Word Origin and History for nares

"nostrils," 1690s, from Latin nares, plural of naris "nostril," from PIE root *nas- (see nose (n.)).

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