[noo-kuh, nyoo-]

noun, plural nu·chae [noo-kee, nyoo-] /ˈnu ki, ˈnyu-/.

Origin of nucha

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin: nape of neck < Arabic nukhāʿ spinal marrow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nuchae


noun plural -chae (-kiː)

zoology anatomy the back or nape of the neck
Derived Formsnuchal, adjective

Word Origin for nucha

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic nukhā` spinal marrow
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nuchae in Medicine




The back of the neck; the nape.
Related formsnuchal adj.
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