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nape

[neyp, nap] /neɪp, næp/
noun
1.
the back of the neck (usually used in the phrase nape of the neck).
Origin of nape
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50
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Examples from the Web for nape
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  • She could hear his light breathing, she could discern his profile, then the nape of his neck.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • But Gilles took him by the nape of his dirty neck and haled him back into the room.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Oliver caught him by the nape of his neck, spun him round, and flung him into the arms of Jasper.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Pull the nape cord taut and tie it to neck-wire in roof of mouth.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • For the pain in the head, a blister to the nape of the neck.

  • He became aware of grey hairs curling over the nape of the neck.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for nape

nape1

/neɪp/
noun
1.
the back of the neck related adjective nuchal
Word Origin
C13: of unknown origin

nape2

/neɪp/
verb
1.
(transitive) (US, military slang) to attack with napalm
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Word Origin and History for nape
n.

"back of the neck," c.1300, of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French hanap "a goblet," in reference to the hollow at the base of the skull. "The entire absence of forms with initial k makes it difficult to connect the word with the apparently synonymous OFris (hals) knap [OED].

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nape in Medicine

nape (nāp, nāp)
n.
The back of the neck.

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