Origin of nape
Examples from the Web for nape
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|Harold Evans|December 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Oref—The homefront, although literally, the back of the neck, the nape.
From there, the pain shoots out toward my temple and down to the nape of my neck.
Soft feminine scents rose from her hair; he saw the dark tendrils over the nape of her neck.A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
This variety has the back and nape nearly a uniform pinkish ruddy with but little streaking.The Bird Book|Chester A. Reed
The one difference that I can detect is in the coloration of the nape.
So violent was the blow that he could not extricate his dagger from the man's spine, but had to leave it sticking in his nape.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3|John Addington Symonds
I am in doubt as to the meaning of bghn; perhaps the two words stand for joint at the nape of the neck.The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
British Dictionary definitions for nape (1 of 2)
Word Origin for nape
British Dictionary definitions for nape (2 of 2)
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].