nape

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English[edit]

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A geisha, with unpainted nape.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English nape, naape, of uncertain origin. Possibly from Old French hanap (goblet), from Frankish *hnapp, from Proto-Germanic *hnappaz ( > Old English hnæpp, hnæp (cup, bowl, goblet)), as there is a hollow at the base of the skull.[1]. More at nap.

Noun[edit]

nape (plural napes)

  1. The back part of the neck.
  2. (zoology) The part of a fish or bird immediately behind the head.
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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. (transitive, military, slang) To bombard with napalm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ nape” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

nāpe

  1. vocative singular of nāpus

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown.

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Noun[edit]

nape (plural napys)

  1. The nape; the neck's rear.
  2. The nape of a fish; the part below a fish's head.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French nape, nappe, from Medieval Latin nappa.

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Noun[edit]

nape

  1. (rare except in compound words) tablecloth
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  • English: nape (obsolete)
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English hnappian.

Verb[edit]

nape

  1. Alternative form of nappen

Etymology 4[edit]

From nape (noun).

Verb[edit]

nape

  1. Alternative form of napyn

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

  1. table cloth

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