Nostril
Nostril Nos"tril, n. [OE. nosethril, nosethirl, AS. nos[thorn]yrl; nos for nosu nose + [thorn]yrel opening, hole, from [thorn]yrel pierced, for [thorn]yrhel, fr. purh through. [root]261. See {Nose}, and {Through}, and cf. {Thrill}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) One of the external openings of the nose, which give passage to the air breathed and to secretions from the nose and eyes; one of the anterior nares. [1913 Webster]

Note: In sperm whales, porpoises, and allied animals, there is only one nostril, which is situated on the top of the head and called a spiracle. [1913 Webster]

2. Perception; insight; acuteness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Methinks a man Of your sagacity and clear nostril should Have made another choice. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]


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  • nostril — [OE] Etymologically, a nostril is a ‘nosehole’. Its Old English ancestor was nosthyrl, a compound formed from nosu ‘nose’ and thyrl ‘hole’. This was a derivative of thurh ‘through’, and still survives as thirl, a dialectal word for ‘hole’. =>… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • nostril — [OE] Etymologically, a nostril is a ‘nosehole’. Its Old English ancestor was nosthyrl, a compound formed from nosu ‘nose’ and thyrl ‘hole’. This was a derivative of thurh ‘through’, and still survives as thirl, a dialectal word for ‘hole’. Cf.⇒… …   Word origins

  • nostril — noun Etymology: Middle English nosethirl, from Old English nosthyrl, from nosu nose + thyrel hole; akin to Old English thurh through Date: before 12th century 1. either of the external nares; broadly either of the nares with the adjoining passage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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