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nares (NAR-eez) noun, singular naris

The nostrils or nasal passages.

[From Latin nares, plural of naris (nostril).]

Today's word shares the same root (nas-) with nose, nuzzle, nostril, nasal, and pince-nez.

"There's a fine frost around their eyes and nares." Tom Walker, Venus at Minus 55, Alaska (Anchorage), Nov 1997.

Here is a pop quiz: Who was Gluteus Maximus? Even though it sounds like the name of some ancient Roman general, gluteus maximus is actually the name of a muscle. Its claim to fame is that it's the biggest muscle in the human body. Can you guess where one can find it? Hint: you sit on it. It finds its home in the posterior. An incredible machine, the human body is a source of many fascinating facts, discoveries, tidbits. Here is one more: Who have a greater number of bones: babies or adults? Babies have more than 300 bones, while adults have just 206. As we grow, many bones in our body fuse together.

This week we'll look at a few terms that are synonyms for better-known words relating to the human body. -Anu


It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. -Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

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