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 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).

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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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