nape

[ neyp, nap ]
/ neɪp, næp /

noun

the back of the neck (usually used in the phrase nape of the neck).

Origin of nape

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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British Dictionary definitions for nape (1 of 2)

nape1
/ (neɪp) /

noun

the back of the neckRelated adjective: nuchal

Word Origin for nape

C13: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for nape (2 of 2)

nape2
/ (neɪp) /

verb

(tr) US military slang to attack with napalm
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Medicine definitions for nape

nape
[ nāp, năp ]

n.

The back of the neck.
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