Straightforward question. I want to say that I can do a nostril flaring or I can nostril-flare. Googling this pointed to the flare that caused by a disease or kind of that but here I can do it normally so it's a genetic inheritance. Is there a verb word for it in Chinese?

  • Might need to explain it - not even sure what you're referring to.
    – Mou某
    Mar 25, 2023 at 16:23
  • I think the response below nailed it. Where is the poster? Please accept it or explain your question further.
    – r13
    Mar 26, 2023 at 20:05

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Google Translate: Nostril flaring --> 鼻孔擴張

And this site agrees:

Nasal flaring (鼻孔擴張) occurs when the nostrils widen while breathing. It is often a sign of trouble breathing.

"Nostrils flaring" (鼻孔擴張) is a symptom that happens involuntarily; someone who makes his nostrils widen voluntarily should be called "to flare nostrils" (擴張鼻孔)

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Nostrils can also be translated as 鼻翼


emmm, this is really an interesting question. The straightforward translation is "鼻孔扩张". However, I have never heard anyone said that, I guess you would like a more common-used phrase. What I realized is that I never expressed it in mandarin and I can't think of any word conforming to nostril-flare in mandarin.

What an intriguing thing is there is a phrase in my dialect meaning "nostril-flare". The pronunciation is like "xiu bie de". My dialect belongs to Wu Dialect. But I don't know whether each type of Wu Dialect has such an expression.

By the way, I can nostril-flare as well.

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