Nos"tril(?), n. [OE. nosethril, nosethirl, AS. nosyrl; nos for nosu nose + yrel opening, hole, from yrel pierced, for yrhel, fr. purh through. 261. See Nose, and Through, and cf. Thrill.]
(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.
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.
Methinks a manB. Jonson.
Of your sagacity and clear nostril should
Have made another choice.
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