Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The back of the neck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The back part of the neck.
  • n. A tablecloth.
  • v. To bombard with napalm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The back part of the neck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut through the nape of the neck.
  • 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.
  • n. A table-cloth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the back side of the neck

Etymologies

Middle English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown, circa 1300. Possibly from Old Frisian hanap ("goblet"), as there is a hollow at the base of the skull. (Wiktionary)
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)
Short for napalm. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian

  • 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.

    Salem Falls

  • 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.

    The Conan Chronicles

  • And the thumbs that pressed her nape were the same.

    Beloved

  • 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.

    Conan of Cimmeria

  • The nape is the back of the birds neck and the mantle is the "cloak" or feathers on the back of the bird.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • 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.

    Diane Ravitch: What Do Students Know about History?

  • 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?

    Get Laid or Die Trying

  • From the darkness of sleep my nape detected a full moist kiss; but perhaps it was a dream.

    Carolina Grüber: I

  • She smiled into the metal as I pulled at her hair, fangs buried in the nape of her neck.

    Crossed

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  • Short for napery presumably.

    January 19, 2011

  • And "To bombard with napalm" is just awful.

    January 19, 2011

  • And by the way, definition #3 under "noun" is the definition of a verb.

    January 19, 2011

  • That's better than the one about the thin part of a fish's belly.

    January 19, 2011

  • "A table-cloth"?!

    January 19, 2011