nape

[neyp, nap]
noun
the back of the neck (usually used in the phrase nape of the neck ).

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English

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nape1 (neɪp)
 
n
the back of the neckRelated: nuchal
 
Related: nuchal
 
[C13: of unknown origin]

nape2 (neɪp)
 
vb
military slang (US) (tr) to attack with napalm

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Word Origin & History

nape
"back of the neck," c.1300, of unknown origin, perhaps from O.Fr. hanap "a goblet," in reference to the hollow at the base of the skull.
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nape (nāp, nāp)
n.
The back of the neck.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
NAPE
National Association of Physicians for the Environment
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Example sentences
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.
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