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From Proto-Baltic *nāsis, from Proto-Indo-European *nās-, an allomorph of *nas- (nostril). Semantic changes from “nose” to “nostril” or vice-versa were frequent in Indo-European. Cognates include Lithuanian nósis, Old Prussian nozy ([nōsi]), Sudovian nasis ([nāsis]) “nose”, Old Church Slavonic носъ (nosŭ), Kanuri, Bulgarian нос (nos), Ukrainian ніс (nis), Czech, Polish nos, Old English nasu, Old High German nasa, German Nase, English nose, Sanskrit नासा (nā́sā), Latin nāsus (nose), nāris (nostril) (< *nāsis).[1]


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nāss f (6th declension)

  1. (anatomy) nostril (one of two openings at the bottom of the nose)
    jutīgas nāsis — sensitive nostrils
    platas nāsis — wide nostrils
    nāsis dreb — the nostrils are trembling
    aizspiest nāsis — to clip one's nostrils
    knišļi lien zirgam nāsīs — midges are crawling into the horse's nostrils
    zaķa purniņš sāka raustīties, nāsis dzīvāk ošņāt — the hare's little muzzle began to twitch, (its) nostrils to sniff more actively
    salda medus dvaša spiedās viņam mutē un nāsīs — the sweet breath (= smell) of honey pressed itself into his mouth and nostrils


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  1. ^ “nāss” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7