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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