Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The nape of the neck.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • The nape or upper hind part of the neck, next to the hind-head.
  • In entomology, the neck of the metanotum; the part of the thorax to which is joined the petiole of the abdomen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The back or upper part of the neck; the nape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine, zoology, anatomy The nape or back of the neck.

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

  • noun the back side of the neck

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, spinal cord, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic nuḫā‘, marrow, spinal cord; see mḫḫ in Semitic roots.]

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From Medieval Latin.

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  • Take care what you smoke in your hookah

    Or find yourself joined by a pooka.

    He'll be hid from your eye

    But you'll know he's nearby

    By the rising of hairs on your nucha.

    September 6, 2014