- nosethirl (now Britain regional, archaic)
From earlier nosthril, from Middle English nosethirl ~ nosethril (and other forms), from Old English nosþȳrel, equivalent to nose + thirl (“hole”). Compare Old Frisian nosterle (“nostril”), modern West Frisian noaster (“nostrill”). Compare also Middle Low German noster (“nostril”), from Proto-Germanic *nustriz (“nostril”).
nostril (plural nostrils)
- 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.
- 1601, Plinius Secundus, Philemon Holland, transl., The Hiſtorie of the World. Commonly Called, the Naturall Hiſtorie […] , London: Impenſis G. B, Book L, Chapter XIII, page 58:
- […] whether it bee that they bee broken winded and purſiue, or otherwiſe bitten and ſtung with venomous beaſts; in which caſes, there muſt be an injection made vp into the noſthrils, of the juice of Rue in wine.
either of the two orifices located on the nose
- “nostril”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “nostril”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.