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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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.]
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.
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.
2. Perception; insight; acuteness. [Obs.]
Methinks a man
Of your sagacity and clear nostril should
Have made another choice. --B. Jonson.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: either one of the two external openings to the nasal cavity
in the nose [syn: nostril, anterior naris]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
52 Moby Thesaurus words for "nostril":
air duct, air hole, air passage, air shaft, air tube, airway,
antlia, beak, beezer, bill, blowhole, breathing hole, bugle, conk,
louver, louverwork, muffle, muzzle, nares, naris, neb, nib, nose,
nostrils, nozzle, olfactories, olfactory area, olfactory cell,
olfactory nerves, olfactory organ, olfactory pit, pecker,
proboscis, rhinarium, rostrum, schnozzle, shaft, smeller, snoot,
snout, spilehole, spiracle, touchhole, transom, trunk, vent,
ventage, venthole, ventiduct, ventilating shaft, ventilator,
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