Neck vs. Nape - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Neck and Nape is that the Neck is a part of the body, on many terrestrial or secondarily aquatic vertebrates, that distinguishes the head from the torso or trunk and Nape is a back of neck, important in some non-human mammals.

Wikipedia

  • Neck

    The neck is the part of the body, on many vertebrates, that separates the head from the torso. It contains blood vessels and nerves that supply structures in the head to the body. These in humans include part of the esophagus, the larynx, trachea, and thyroid gland, major blood vessels including the carotid arteries and jugular veins, and the first part of the spinal cord. In anatomy, the neck is also called by its Latin names, cervix or collum, although when used alone, in context, the word cervix more often refers to the uterine cervix, the neck of the uterus. Thus the adjective cervical may refer either to the neck (as in cervical vertebrae or cervical lymph nodes) or to the uterine cervix (as in cervical cap or cervical cancer).

  • Nape

    The nape is the back of the neck. In technical anatomical/medical terminology, the nape is also called the nucha (from Latin); the corresponding adjective is nuchal, as in the term nuchal rigidity. 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, either by carrying them away from danger or to a new nest or den site (carrying each kitten by gripping its scruff in her teeth), and in mating, when the male cat (tom) grips the female cat's scruff with his teeth to help keep her relatively immobile.In traditional Japanese culture, the nape (項, unaji) was one of the few areas of the body (other than face and hands) left uncovered by women's attire. The nape of a woman's neck held a strong attraction for many Japanese men (see Geisha makeup).In Egyptian culture, slapping the nape is considered a gesture of utter humiliation.The nape is sometimes a target of body piercing.

Wiktionary

  • Neck (noun)

    The part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals.

  • Neck (noun)

    The corresponding part in some other anatomical contexts.

  • Neck (noun)

    The part of a shirt, dress etc., which fits a person's neck.

  • Neck (noun)

    The tapered part of a bottle toward the opening.

  • Neck (noun)

    The slender tubelike extension atop an archegonium, through which the sperm swim to reach the egg.

  • Neck (noun)

    The extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted

  • Neck (noun)

    A long narrow tract of land projecting from the main body, or a narrow tract connecting two larger tracts.

  • Neck (noun)

    A reduction in size near the end of an object, formed by a groove around it.

    "a neck forming the journal of a shaft"

  • Neck (noun)

    The constriction between the root and crown of a tooth.

  • Neck (noun)

    The gorgerin of a capital.

  • Neck (noun)

    The small part of a gun between the chase and the swell of the muzzle.

  • Neck (verb)

    To hang by the neck; strangle; kill, eliminate

    "Go neck yourself."

  • Neck (verb)

    To make love; to intently kiss or cuddle; to canoodle.

    "Alan and Betty were necking in the back of a car when Betty's dad caught them."

  • Neck (verb)

    To drink rapidly.

  • Neck (verb)

    To decrease in diameter.

  • Nape (noun)

    The back part of the neck.

  • Nape (noun)

    The part of a fish immediately behind the head.

  • Nape (noun)

    A tablecloth.

  • Nape (verb)

    To bombard with napalm.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Neck (noun)

    the part of a person's or animal's body connecting the head to the rest of the body

    "she had a silver crucifix around her neck"

  • Neck (noun)

    the part of a garment that is around or close to the neck

    "her dress had three buttons at the neck undone"

    "a round neck"

  • Neck (noun)

    meat from an animal's neck

    "neck of lamb"

  • Neck (noun)

    a person's neck regarded as bearing a burden of responsibility or guilt

    "he'll be stuck with a loan around his neck"

  • Neck (noun)

    a narrow connecting or end part of something.

  • Neck (noun)

    the part of a bottle or other container near the mouth

    "he seized the neck of the whisky bottle"

  • Neck (noun)

    a narrow piece of land or sea, such as an isthmus or channel

    "the narrow neck of land between loch and sea"

  • Neck (noun)

    a narrow part near one end of an organ, such as the uterus

    "the neck of the womb, usually called the cervix"

  • Neck (noun)

    the part of a violin, guitar, or other similar instrument that bears the fingerboard.

  • Neck (noun)

    a column of solidified lava or igneous rock formed in a volcanic vent, especially when exposed by erosion.

  • Neck (noun)

    a narrow supporting part in a plant, especially the terminal part of the fruiting body in a fern, bryophyte, or fungus.

  • Neck (noun)

    the length of a horse's head and neck as a measure of its lead in a race

    "Dolpour won by a neck from Wood Dancer"

  • Neck (verb)

    (of two people) kiss and caress amorously

    "we started necking on the sofa"

  • Neck (verb)

    swallow (something, especially a drink)

    "after necking some beers, we left the bar"

  • Neck (verb)

    form a narrowed part at a particular point when subjected to tension

    "the nylon filament necks down to a fraction of its original diameter"

  • Nape (noun)

    the back of a person's neck

    "her hair was coiled demurely at the nape of her neck"

Webster Dictionary

  • Neck (noun)

    The part of an animal which connects the head and the trunk, and which, in man and many other animals, is more slender than the trunk.

  • Neck (noun)

    Any part of an inanimate object corresponding to or resembling the neck of an animal

  • Neck (noun)

    A reduction in size near the end of an object, formed by a groove around it; as, a neck forming the journal of a shaft.

  • Neck (noun)

    the point where the base of the stem of a plant arises from the root.

  • Neck

    To reduce the diameter of (an object) near its end, by making a groove around it; - used with down; as, to neck down a shaft.

  • Neck (verb)

    To kiss and caress amorously.

  • Nape (noun)

    The back part of the neck.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Neck (noun)

    the part of an organism that connects the head to the rest of the body;

    "he admired her long graceful neck"

  • Neck (noun)

    a narrow elongated projecting strip of land

  • Neck (noun)

    a cut of meat from the neck of an animal

  • Neck (noun)

    opening for the neck; the part of a garment near the neck opening

  • Neck (verb)

    kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion;

    "The couple were necking in the back seat of the car"

  • Nape (noun)

    the back side of the neck

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