nape

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English[edit]

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A geisha, with unpainted nape.

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Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown, circa 1300. Possibly from Old French hanap (goblet), as there is a hollow at the base of the skull.[1]

Noun[edit]

nape (plural napes)

  1. The back part of the neck.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

nape (plural napes)

  1. (obsolete) A tablecloth.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Short for napalm.

Verb[edit]

nape (third-person singular simple present napes, present participle naping, simple past and past participle naped)

  1. To bombard with napalm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ nape” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

nāpe

  1. vocative singular of nāpus

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

nape f (oblique plural napes, nominative singular nape, nominative plural napes)

  1. table cloth

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