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EnglishEdit

 
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A geisha with unpainted nape.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /neɪp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪp

Etymology 1Edit

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.

NounEdit

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 2Edit

From Middle English nape, 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.

NounEdit

nape (plural napes)

  1. (obsolete) A tablecloth.
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Etymology 3Edit

Short for napalm.

NounEdit

nape (uncountable)

  1. (military, slang) Napalm.
    • 1986, Oliver Stone, Platoon (film script)
      RHAH: They got through Alpha Company! Anything behind you don't identify itself, blow it away. Two - air strike's coming in. They gonna lay snake and nape right on the perimeter so stay tight in your holes and don't leave 'em.

VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive, military, slang) To bombard with napalm.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “nape”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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LatinEdit

NounEdit

nāpe

  1. vocative singular of nāpus

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Unknown.

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NounEdit

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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DescendantsEdit
  • English: nape
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Etymology 2Edit

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

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NounEdit

nape

  1. (rare except in compound words) tablecloth
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DescendantsEdit
  • English: nape (obsolete)
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Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

nape

  1. Alternative form of nappen

Etymology 4Edit

VerbEdit

nape

  1. Alternative form of napyn

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin mappa.

NounEdit

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

  1. table cloth

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