- the back of the neck (usually used in the phrase nape of the neck).
Origin of nape
Examples from the Web for nape
His black hair sweeps back from the crest of his high forehead and laps at the nape of his neck; his lips are pursed.Meet Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s Master Composer
February 11, 2014
His gray hair curls at the nape, but he is as graceful as he was in 1949, his timing as immaculate.Marty Reisman: The Magical Hustler Who Saved a Classic Game
December 10, 2012
Oref—The homefront, although literally, the back of the neck, the nape.New Words For A New War
November 19, 2012
From there, the pain shoots out toward my temple and down to the nape of my neck.Presidents Can Have Migraines
July 20, 2011
She could hear his light breathing, she could discern his profile, then the nape of his neck.Fruitfulness
But Gilles took him by the nape of his dirty neck and haled him back into the room.Bardelys the Magnificent
Oliver caught him by the nape of his neck, spun him round, and flung him into the arms of Jasper.The Sea-Hawk
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.
- the back of the neckRelated adjective: nuchal
- (tr) US military slang to attack with napalm
Word Origin and History for nape
"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].
- The back of the neck.