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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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  • We are starting by studying heat loss through the eyes and nares of animals being restrained for routine veterinary procedures.
  • Air enters the nasal cavity from the outside through two openings: the nostrils or external nares.
  • Inflammation of the sinuses may occur resulting in discharge flowing from the nares.
  • The goal of this study is characterize the changes in bacterial diversity of the nares of hemodialysis patients.
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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