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[neyp, nap] /neɪp, næp/
the back of the neck (usually used in the phrase nape of the neck).
Origin of nape
1300-50; Middle English Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nape
  • She had five stars tattooed on the nape of her neck.
  • Males in particular may look proportionately small headed, especially when ruffling the nape feathers in display.
  • The best place to look is at the nape of the neck and behind the ears.
  • The best part of her self-possession was her hair, which she wore in a roll along the nape of her neck.
  • She always strokes herself right at the nape of her neck.
  • There were sentences that brought tears of gratification to my eyes and raised the hairs on the nape of my neck.
British Dictionary definitions for nape


the back of the neck related adjective nuchal
Word Origin
C13: of unknown origin


(transitive) (US, military slang) to attack with napalm
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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].

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nape in Medicine

nape (nāp, nāp)
The back of the neck.

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Related Abbreviations for nape


National Association of Physicians for the Environment
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