What does the word nape mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
  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 by 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 by R.M. Ballantyne