One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two external openings of the nasal cavity in vertebrates that admit air to the lungs and smells to the olfactory nerves.
- ‘Their smells floated into his nostrils, each one distinct, unique, intoxicating.’
- ‘By their shape, she must have assumed that they were to be fitted into her nostrils.’
- ‘Humans may have two nostrils, but these don't necessarily share the same sense of smell.’
- ‘I shuddered as its piercing smell shot through my nostrils and into my poor head.’
- ‘He was about to reach shore, but then the haunting smell reached his nostrils again.’
- ‘So if you're putting it into your right nostril you should lean towards your right ear, with your head forward.’
- ‘Tilt their head back, lift up the chin, and pinch the nostrils together.’
- ‘The sight sickened her, as the smell reached her nostrils - decay, excrement and urine.’
- ‘A hole is pierced through the skin and cartilage of the nostril.’
- ‘Plug the other nostril and have the child gently blow through the nostril where the object is stuck.’
- ‘Then, with the nosepiece inserted into the nostril, aim the spray towards the inner corner of the eye.’
- ‘The trunk is actually an elongation of the nose and has nostrils on the tip.’
- ‘The jelly or nose spray is put just inside your nostril on the septum.’
- ‘Both specimens were obtained without instillation of any solution into the nostrils.’
- ‘Touch your thumb to your right nostril and your ring finger to your left nostril.’
- ‘Your surgeon will make cuts inside your nostrils to reach the bone and cartilage.’
- ‘Fluid was collected from the left nostril and found to be sterile.’
- ‘Place your index finger of your right hand between your eyebrows, your thumb on your right nostril and your ring finger on your left nostril.’
- ‘If you just close one nostril and breathe out and then close the other nostril and breathe out you'll notice one of them is more open than the other.’
- ‘I could see the group standing nervously on the river bank, their nostrils flaring wildly.’
Old English nosterl, nosthyrl, from nosu ‘nose’ + thȳr(e)l ‘hole’.
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