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.]
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   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.
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   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.
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   2. Perception; insight; acuteness. [Obs.]
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            Methinks a man
            Of your sagacity and clear nostril should
            Have made another choice.             --B. Jonson.
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