What does nape mean?

Definitions for napeneɪp, næp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word nape.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nape, scruff, nucha(noun)

    the back side of the neck

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nape(noun)

    the back part of the neck

  2. Origin: [Perh. akin to knap a knop.]


  1. Nape

    The nape is the back of the neck. In technical anatomical/medical terminology, the nape is referred to by the word nucha, which also gives the adjective corresponding to "nape" in English, "nuchal". In many mammals, the nape is the site of the scruff, a loose, non-sensitive area of skin by which the mother can carry her young, holding the scruff between her teeth. In domestic cats, the scruff is used when a mother cat transfers her kittens to a new nest or den site, and in mating, when the male cat grips the female cat's scruff with his teeth to help keep her relatively immobile. In traditional Japanese culture, the nape was one of the few areas of the body left uncovered by women's attire. The nape of a woman's neck held a strong attraction for many Japanese men. The nape is sometimes a target of body piercing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nape

    nāp, n. the back upper part of the neck, perhaps so called from the knob or projecting point of the neck behind. [Knap, knob.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nape in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nape in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  1. Sean Davies:

    In obese people, it appears that the intestinal tract fails to make enough NAPE in response to a meal, so there is a weaker signal to the brain that enough food has been eaten.

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