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See also: nass, Nass, naß, and Naß




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), 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 nāsissensitive nostrils
    platas nāsiswide nostrils
    nāsis drebthe nostrils are trembling
    aizspiest nāsisto clip one's nostrils
    knišļi lien zirgam nāsīsmidges are crawling into the horse's nostrils
    zaķa purniņš sāka raustīties, nāsis dzīvāk ošņātthe hare's little muzzle began to twitch, (its) nostrils to sniff more actively
    salda medus dvaša spiedās viņam mutē un nāsīsthe sweet breath (= smell) of honey pressed itself into his mouth and nostrils


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  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “nāss”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN