Likely from Yiddish שנויץ (shnoyts), in turn from German Schnauze (“snout”). Compare schnozzle. A less common theory suggests a variant of nose influenced by schm-, or by general association with Yiddish words. Attested since at least 1940.
schnozz (plural schnozzes)
- (slang) nose
- 1999 November 5, Zimmer, Carl, “Society of Vertebrate Paleontology: The Stories Behind the Bones”, in Science, volume 286, number 5442, DOI:10.1126/science.286.5442.1071, ISSN 0036-8075, pages 1071-1074:
- In another talk, a DinoNose collaborator, Scott Sampson of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, pointed out a number of ridges in the ceratopsian schnozz that probably supported curtains of cartilage; these in turn may have served as scaffolding for layers upon layers of mucous membranes.