nostril

noun
nos·​tril | \ ˈnä-strəl How to pronounce nostril (audio) \

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.

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Use buttercream to attach a pink Necco wafer or a small circle of pink fruit chew for the snout, then pipe small brown buttercream vertical lines for nostrils. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019 Spray half the dose up one nostril and half up the other. Tessie Castillo, SELF, "Here’s How to Use the Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone," 26 July 2018 His nostrils flared, his voice deepened, and his feathery '70s-style hairdo shook in indignation. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Too Much Horsepower," 24 Dec. 2012 One firefighter carried a naked young girl, carbon-black liquid pouring out of her nostrils. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "A Year After Deadly Grenfell Blaze, One Fireman Is Still Plagued by Doubt," 16 June 2018 In this case, the eel was only a few inches into the nostril, so the first explanation is more likely. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Why Are Seals Getting Eels Stuck in Their Noses?," 7 Dec. 2018 Photographs show the white haze, sometimes shooting right at the nostrils of the curious animals, sometimes engulfing their tiny heads. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Something wasn’t clicking’: WSU study shows offspring of pregnant rats exposed to THC have impaired development," 20 Nov. 2018 In the end, my nose would be smaller, with a straighter bridge, a refined tip, and more clearly defined nostrils. Allure, "I Got Rhinoplasty at 25 — Here's What to Expect From a Nose Job," 7 Aug. 2018 While calls for straw bans have accelerated in recent months, advocates consider the movement’s major boosters a social-media campaign and a 2015 YouTube video of a bloodied straw being pulled out of a sea turtle’s nostril. Bob Tita, WSJ, "The Summer of Plastic-Straw Bans: How We Got There," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of nostril

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nostril

Middle English nosethirl, from Old English nosthyrl, from nosu nose + thyrel hole; akin to Old English thurh through

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nostril

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nostril

: one of the two openings of the nose

nostril

noun
nos·​tril | \ ˈnä-strəl How to pronounce nostril (audio) \

Kids Definition of nostril

: either of the outer openings of the nose through which people and many animals breathe

nostril

noun
nos·​tril | \ ˈnäs-trəl How to pronounce nostril (audio) \

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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