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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
nape
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
nape...of...neck (=back)
▪ She had a mass of golden hair, which she wore in a coil at the napeof her neck.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As she turned away he gently caught the nape of her neck with his free hand.
▪ Behind her in the fluorescent glint bald heads and napes bulge over armchairs still turned inwards, turned away.
▪ Behind her lay a blanket of cold air as icy snouts nuzzled the nape of her neck.
▪ He went across and stroked the nape of her neck, and she sniffed and stiffened and then relaxed.
▪ It's made from 100% easy-care polyester and measures 24in from nape of neck to hem.
▪ One arm went round his neck, her fingers tangling in the silky hair at his nape.
▪ Putting the thumbs at the nape, while the fingers pressed the sides.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Nape

Nape \Nape\ (n[=a]p), n. [Perh. akin to knap a knop.] The back part of the neck.
--Spenser.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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].

Wiktionary
nape

Etymology 1 n. The back part of the neck. Etymology 2

n. (context obsolete English) A tablecloth. Etymology 3

vb. To bombard with napalm.

WordNet
nape

n. the back side of the neck [syn: scruff, nucha]

Wikipedia
Nape

The nape is the back of the neck. In technical anatomical/medical terminology, the nape is referred to by the word nucha, which also gives the adjective corresponding to "nape" in English, "nuchal". An English and French word for the nape of the neck is "nuque".

In many mammals, the nape is the site of the scruff, a loose, non-sensitive area of skin by which the mother can carry her young, holding the scruff between her teeth. In domestic cats, the scruff is used when a mother cat transfers her kittens to a new nest or den site (carrying each kitten by gripping its scruff in her teeth), and in mating, when the male cat (tom) grips the female cat's scruff with his teeth to help keep her relatively immobile.

In traditional Japanese culture, the nape (known in the Japanese language as unaji 項) was one of the few areas of the body (other than face and hands) left uncovered by women's attire. The nape of a woman's neck held a strong attraction for many Japanese men (see Geisha makeup).

The nape is sometimes a target of body piercing.

Nape (disambiguation)

Nape is the back of the neck.

Nape or NAPE may also refer to:

  • N-Acylphosphatidylethanolamine, a class of hormone
  • Napalm, the flammable liquid
  • Napé, an administrative center town in Laos
  • Skunk ape, the hominid Cryptid

Usage examples of "nape".

Henceforth this year would creep toward its low mark ever more slowly, pausing at the zero of solstice, obliquely peering through a certain slit at Stonehenge, and returning dumbly north, climbing the spine of the west, from the caude of Tierra del Fuego up the flex of Cordilleras, ending here, at what would be the nape of the Brooks range, the archaic brainstem of the planet, where, eons ago, a landbridge had offered passage to migrants from the east.

In his voyages and travels, in describing the death of the King of Demaa at the hands of his page, Mendez Pinto says that instead of being reserved for torture, as were his successors Ravaillac, and Gerard, the slayer of William the Silent, the assassin was impaled alive with a long stake which was thrust in at his fundament and came out at the nape of his neck.

Then stretching and stritting along, he bustles in like a Lord upon Dryas, whom he then found with Nape at the threshing-floor, and on a suddain talkt very boldly about the marrying of Chloe: Give me Chloe to my wife.

These animals were able to draw both with head and neck, as their yoke was fastened on the nape of the neck, and to this a collar was attached by an iron peg.

The Home Secretary raised his hand, tanned fingers contrasted sharply with the starched whiteness of his Gieves and Hawkes shirt collar as he rubbed the nape of his neck.

Her black hair was caught in a sedate twist at the nape of her neck, and she wore her black Stetson with a wide silver hatband low over her eyes, obscuring her face but revealing a defined jaw line.

Minutes later, she struggled to free her arms, to sit de them around his neck, to stroke his hair, caress his nape, and Sam laughed huskily, deep in his throat.

Her fragrant hair tickled his face as he strayed slow kisses there and caressed the lovesome geography of her, the flat, solid muscles in her back, the flesh of her nape under its wanning hair-cover.

The damp heat of the winter garden had molded his shirt to his shoulders and tightened the hair at his nape to boyish curls.

After relieving Josef of the burden of his innocence the previous night, in a procedure that required less time than it now took her to brew a pot of coffee, Trudi had pulled on her cherry-pink kimono and gone out to the parlor to study a text on phlebotomy, leaving Josef to the warmth of her goose-down counterpane, the lilac smell of her nape and cheek lingering on the cool pillow, the perfumed darkness of her bedroom, the shame of his contentment.

And one, an exquisite green serpent that began at the nape of her neck and meandered down her back amongst the others, stood out puffily, like a fresh burn blister.

As Cory reveils herself Baram catches a glimpse of a familiar beauty-spot mole on her nape, and for one flash the young, vital Cory of yesterday is there.

Jondalar, at his exceptionally tall, muscular body, at his long, straight, yellow hair tied back with a thong at the nape of his neck, at his fine, well-made features.

Basque grammar, when he felt a tingling at the roots of the hair on the nape of his neck.

Tall and spare, with a narrow, lined face and silvery hair brushed severely back into a tight knot at her nape, Twindle nodded at the pair sagely.