from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The back of the neck
- adj. Of or pertaining to the back or nape of the neck.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the back, or nape, of the neck; -- applied especially to the anterior median plate in the carapace of turtles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the nucha or nape: as, the nuchal muscles.
- In entomology:
- Situated superiorly, just behind the head: said especially of ornaments, processes, etc., on an insect-larva.
- Of or pertaining to the metanotal nucha.
- In the trilobites, relating to the axial segment and groove at the base of the cephalon.
- n. One of two or more plates forming part of the covering of the dorsal portion of the neck in reptiles. The term is usually applied to the well-marked bony plates of crocodiles but also, as in lizards, to horny plates or shields.
From Medieval Latin, from Arabic نخاع (nuḫāʕ, "spinal cord"). (Wiktionary)