Definition of nostril
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
Examples of nostril in a Sentence
My left nostril is stuffed up.
She left in a rage, her nostrils flaring.
Recent Examples of nostril from the Web
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Patients who gave consent were also swabbed, with samples taken from hands, nostrils and armpits.
This situation left at least one tell-tale sign in artistic renderings of the bird – the enlarged nostrils.
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Origin and Etymology of nostril
Middle English nosethirl, from Old English nosthyrl, from nosu nose + thyrel hole; akin to Old English thurh through
First Known Use: before 12th century
NOSTRIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nostril for English Language Learners
: one of the two openings of the nose
NOSTRIL Defined for Kids
Definition of nostril for Students
: either of the outer openings of the nose through which people and many animals breathe
Medical Definition of nostril
1: either of the external nares; broadly : either of the nares with the adjoining passage on the same side of the nasal septum
2: either fleshy lateral wall of the nose
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