Part of speech: noun

The back of the neck.

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Usage examples "nape":

  1. The canons, bending, thought they felt it on the nape of their necks with the coldness of steel. - "The Shadow of the Cathedral", Vicente Blasco IbaƱez.
  2. And again, on another occasion when the enemy presented a favourable opportunity for attacking them, but the Romans lacked courage, and both sides retired, he summoned his soldiers together, and said, " I don't know whether to call the enemy or you greater cowards; for they could not see your back, nor you their nape." - "Plutarch's Lives, Volume II", Aubrey Stewart & George Long.
  3. Seeing that the relations between the parties were " strained" almost to the breaking- point, one of the less warlike among the Ratura chiefs caught his own spokesman by the nape of the neck, and hurled him back among his comrades. - "The Madman and the Pirate", R.M. Ballantyne.