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EnglishEdit

 
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A geisha, with unpainted nape.

PronunciationEdit

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 immediately behind the head.
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Etymology 2Edit

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.

NounEdit

nape (plural napes)

  1. (obsolete) A tablecloth.
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Etymology 3Edit

Short for napalm.

VerbEdit

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

  1. To bombard with napalm.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ nape” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.

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LatinEdit

NounEdit

nāpe

  1. vocative singular of nāpus

Old FrenchEdit

NounEdit

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

  1. table cloth

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