American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The back of the neck.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The back upper part of the neck, technically called nucha: generally in the phrase nape of the neck.
- n. The thin part of a fish's belly next to the head. A beheaded fish, split along the belly, shows a pair of napes.
- To cut through the nape of the neck.
- n. A table-cloth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The back part of the neck.
- n. the back side of the neck
- From Middle English, from Old French nape, nappe ("a cloth"), from Medieval Latin nappa, napa ("cloth, table-cloth, sheet"), alteration of Latin mappa ("a cloth, napkin, towel"). More at map, apron. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The creature's pudgy hands rested on the sleek arch of his belly; his nape was a roll of sooty fat that seemed to thrust his bullet head forward.”
“And she gradually noticed how the fine hairs on his nape were the color of Spanish gold; how his hands were large enough to hold her together.”
“The creature's pudgy hands rested on the sleek arch of his belly; his nape was a roll of sooty fat that seemed to thrust his bullet-head forward.”
“And the thumbs that pressed her nape were the same.”
“The creature's pudgy hands rested on the sleek arch of his belly; his nape was a roll of fat that seemed to thrust his bullet-head forward; his eyes, gleaming coals in a dead black stump.”
“The nape is the back of the birds neck and the mantle is the "cloak" or feathers on the back of the bird.”
“The program is called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (or NAEP, pronounced "nape"), and it issues reports on reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, civics, and geography.”
“Like, see, when I pull your hair like this I gently grab her hair at the nape of the neck and pull it feels good huh?”
“From the darkness of sleep my nape detected a full moist kiss; but perhaps it was a dream.”
“She smiled into the metal as I pulled at her hair, fangs buried in the nape of her neck.”
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