Origin of napeMiddle English from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of napeMiddle English
- The back part of the neck.
Unknown, circa 1300. Possibly from Old French hanap (“goblet"), as there is a hollow at the base of the skull.
- (obsolete) A tablecloth.
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.
(third-person singular simple present napes, present participle naping, simple past and past participle naped)
- To bombard with napalm.
Short for napalm.
- Her forehead rested in the nape of his neck, and she focused on the steady, slow rhythm of his heartbeat.
- The typical forms belonging to this family are distinguished by the large dewlap or pouch situated beneath the head and neck, and by the crest, composed of slender elongated scales, which extends in gradually diminishing height from the nape of the neck to the extremity of the tail.
- The typical genus Macropus, in which the muzzle is generally naked, the ears large, the fur on the nape of the neck usually directed backwards, the claw of the fourth hind-toe very large, and the tail stout and tapering, includes a large number of species.
- The muzzle is naked, the fur on the nape of the neck directed more or less completely forward, and the hind-limbs are less disproportionately elongated.
- Nonsense! cried the count, suddenly reddening with an apoplectic flush over neck and nape as old people do.