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Dictionary Definition

schnozzle n : informal terms for the nose [syn: beak, honker, hooter, nozzle, snoot, snout, schnoz]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Probably Yiddish

Pronunciation

Noun

schnozzle (plural schnozzles)
  1. The human nose, especially one that is large.

Translations

slang: human nose

Extensive Definition

Anatomically, a nose is a protuberance in vertebrates that houses the nostrils, or nares, which admit and expel air for respiration in conjunction with the mouth.
In most animals, it also has the nosehairs, which catch airkyle particles and prevent them from reaching the lungs. Within and behind the nose is the olfactory mucosa and the sinuses. Behind the nasal cavity, air next passes through the pharynx, shared with the digestive system, and then into the rest of the respiratory system. In humans, the nose is located centrally on the face; on most other mammals, it is on the upper tip of the snout.
As an interface between the body and the external world, the nose and associated structures frequently perform additional functions concerned with conditioning entering air (for instance, by warming and/or humidifying it, also for flicking if moving and by mostly reclaiming moisture from the air before it is exhaled (as occurs most efficiently in camels). In most fish, the nose is the primary large organ for smelling. As the animal sniffs, the air flows through the nose and over structures called turbinates in the nasal cavity. The turbulence caused by this disruption slows the air and directs it toward the olfactory epithelium. At the surface of the olfactory epithelium, odor molecules carried by the air contact olfactory receptor neurons which transduce the features of the molecule into non painful electrical impulses in the brain.
In cetaceans, the nose has been reduced to the nostrils, which have migrated to the top of the head, producing a more streamlined body shape and the ability to breathe while mostly submerged. Conversely, the elephant's nose has become elaborated into a long, muscular, manipulative organ called the trunk.

See also

schnozzle in Arabic: أنف
schnozzle in Aragonese: Naso
schnozzle in Aymara: Nasa
schnozzle in Bosnian: Nos
schnozzle in Breton: Fri
schnozzle in Bulgarian: Нос (анатомия)
schnozzle in Catalan: Nas
schnozzle in Czech: Nos
schnozzle in Welsh: Trwyn
schnozzle in Danish: Næse
schnozzle in German: Nase
schnozzle in Dhivehi: ނޭފަތް
schnozzle in Estonian: Nina
schnozzle in Modern Greek (1453-): Μύτη
schnozzle in Spanish: Nariz
schnozzle in Esperanto: Nazo
schnozzle in Basque: Sudur
schnozzle in Persian: بینی
schnozzle in French: Nez
schnozzle in Scottish Gaelic: Sròn
schnozzle in Korean: 코
schnozzle in Croatian: Nos
schnozzle in Ido: Nazo
schnozzle in Indonesian: Hidung
schnozzle in Inuktitut: ᕿᖓᖅ/qingaq
schnozzle in Icelandic: Nef
schnozzle in Italian: Naso
schnozzle in Hebrew: אף
schnozzle in Swahili (macrolanguage): pua
schnozzle in Pampanga: Arung
schnozzle in Kurdish: Poz
schnozzle in Latin: Nasus
schnozzle in Lithuanian: Nosis
schnozzle in Lojban: nazbi
schnozzle in Hungarian: Orr
schnozzle in Macedonian: Нос
schnozzle in Malayalam: മൂക്ക്
schnozzle in Malay (macrolanguage): Hidung
schnozzle in Dutch: Neus
schnozzle in Japanese: 鼻
schnozzle in Kölsch: Nahß
schnozzle in Norwegian: Nese
schnozzle in Occitan (post 1500): Nas
schnozzle in Pangasinan: Eleng
schnozzle in Polish: Nos
schnozzle in Portuguese: Nariz
schnozzle in Romanian: Nas
schnozzle in Quechua: Sinqa
schnozzle in Russian: Нос
schnozzle in Albanian: Hunda
schnozzle in Sicilian: Nasu (anatumìa)
schnozzle in Simple English: Nose
schnozzle in Slovak: Nos
schnozzle in Slovenian: Nos
schnozzle in Finnish: Nenä
schnozzle in Swedish: Näsa
schnozzle in Tagalog: Ilong
schnozzle in Thai: จมูก
schnozzle in Tajik: Бинӣ
schnozzle in Turkish: Burun (organ)
schnozzle in Ukrainian: Ніс
schnozzle in Võro: Nõna
schnozzle in Yiddish: נאז
schnozzle in Contenese: 鼻
schnozzle in Dimli: Pırnıke
schnozzle in Chinese: 鼻

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