- the back of the neck (usually used in the phrase nape of the neck).
Origin of nape
Examples from the Web for napes
On this side of Gable is the fine detached rock, Napes Needle.
O that you could turn your eyes toward the napes of your necks, and make but an interior survey of your good selves!
Most of the stevedores were hatless, and Chris snickered at the sight of the short braid of hair at the napes of their necks.Mr. Wicker's Window
The men threw back their black silk hats, the flowers in the women's bonnets glided to the napes of their necks.His Masterpiece
- the back of the neckRelated adjective: nuchal
- (tr) US military slang to attack with napalm
Word Origin and History for napes
"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.