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[noo-kuh, nyoo-]
noun, plural nu·chae [noo-kee, nyoo-] /ˈnu ki, ˈnyu-/.
  1. nape.
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Origin of nucha

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin: nape of neck < Arabic nukhāʿ spinal marrow
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British Dictionary definitions for nuchae


noun plural -chae (-kiː)
  1. zoology anatomy the back or nape of the neck
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Derived Formsnuchal, adjective

Word Origin

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


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