Hypertext Webster Gateway: "nostril"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Nostril \Nos"tril\, n. [OE. nosethril, nosethirl, AS. nospyrl;
nos for nosu nose + pyrel opening, hole, from pyrel pierced,
for pyrhel, fr. purh through. ? 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) 1.7 (wn)

n : either one of the two external openings to the nasal cavity
in the nose [syn: {anterior naris}]

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