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 on the same side of the septum 2. either fleshy lateral wall of the nose

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Nostril — Piercing Lage Nasenflügel Schmuck Ball Closure Ring, Bar Closour Ring, Circular Barbell, Labret Stud, Curved Nose Studs, Nose Bones Hinweis zum Schmuck …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nostril — (n.) O.E. nosþyrl, nosðirl, lit. the hole of the nose, from nosu nose (see NOSE (Cf. nose) (n.)) + þyrel hole (see THRILL (Cf. thrill) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • nostril — ► NOUN ▪ either of two external openings of the nose that admit air to the lungs and smells to the olfactory nerves. ORIGIN Old English, «nose hole» …   English terms dictionary

  • nostril — [näs′trəl] n. [ME nosethirl < OE nosthyrl < nos, for nosu, the nose + thyrel, a hole < thurh, through: see NOSE & THROUGH] 1. either of the external openings of the nose 2. the fleshy wall on either side of the nose [with flaring… …   English World dictionary

  • Nostril — Nares redirects here. For information about the nostrils of a bird, see Beak#Nares. For other uses, see Nares (disambiguation). Human nostrils …   Wikipedia

  • nostril — noun VERB + NOSTRIL ▪ fill ▪ The stench of the cellar filled my nostrils. NOSTRIL + VERB ▪ flare NOSTRIL + NOUN ▪ hair …   Collocations dictionary

  • nostril — UK [ˈnɒstrəl] / US [ˈnɑstrəl] noun [countable] Word forms nostril : singular nostril plural nostrils one of the two holes at the end of your nose …   English dictionary

  • 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

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