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nostril

Syllabification: nos·tril
Pronunciation: /ˈnästrəl
 
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Definition of nostril in English:

noun

Either of two external openings of the nasal cavity in vertebrates that admit air to the lungs and smells to the olfactory nerves.
Example sentences
  • The jelly or nose spray is put just inside your nostril on the septum.
  • Plug the other nostril and have the child gently blow through the nostril where the object is stuck.
  • A hole is pierced through the skin and cartilage of the nostril.

Origin

Old English nosterl, nosthyrl, from nosu 'nose' + thȳr(e)l 'hole'.

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  • nose from (Old English):

    The Latin root of nose is nasus, which is the source of our word nasal (Middle English), and is also related to ness (Old English), meaning a headland or promontory. A nostril (Old English) is literally a ‘nose hole’. In Old English the word was spelled nosterl or nosthyrl, and came from nosu ‘nose’ and thyrl ‘hole’. Nozzle was originally an early 17th slang form of ‘nose’. To cut off your nose to spite your face was proverbial in both medieval Latin and French, and has been found in English since the mid 16th century. Since the 1780s a nose has been a spy or police informer. The idea of such a person being a ‘nose’, or ‘sticking their nose in’, is also found in words such as nark and snout, and in nosy. The first nosy parker appeared in a postcard caption from 1907, ‘The Adventures of Nosey Parker’, which referred to a peeping Tom in Hyde Park. Nosy itself goes back to 1620, in the sense ‘having a big nose’, and to at least the 1820s in the sense ‘inquisitive’. The common surname Parker was originally a name for the caretaker of a park or large enclosure of land.

Derivatives

nostrilled

1
adjective
[in combination]
Example sentences
  • It wast the voice of a snotty-nostrilled child sitting in a pool and putting shellfish in her drawers.
  • He was also notorious for a series of political cartoons in which he represented the Communists by a three-nostrilled man.

Words that rhyme with nostril

Bovril • tumbrilescadrille

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