nostril

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From earlier nosethrill, from Middle English nostril, nostrel, nosterl, nosthirl, nosethril, nosethirl, noosthril, nosethyrl, nosethurl, nesethirl, nesthyrylle, nasethirl, nesethrull, from Old English nosþyrl, næsþyrl, nosþyrel, næsþyrel, equivalent to nose +‎ thirl ‎(hole). Compare Old Frisian nosterle ‎(nostril). Compare also Middle Low German noster ‎(nostril), from Proto-Germanic *nustriz ‎(nostril).

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  • enPR: nŏs'trəl, IPA(key): /ˈnɒstrɪl/, /ˈnɒstrəl/

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nostril ‎(plural nostrils)

  1. Either of the two orifices located on the nose (or on the beak of a bird); used as a passage for air and other gases to travel the nasal passages.

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