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Thursday, February 14, 2013


\nook\ , noun;
the back of the neck.
She wore a figured lawn, cut a little low in the back, that exposed a round, soft nuque with a few little clinging circlets of soft, brown hair.
-- Kate Chopin, "A Night in Acadie," The Complete Works of Kate Chopin
If he had been a Frenchman he would have seized her in his arms and told her passionately that he adored her; he would have pressed his lips on her nuque.
-- William Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage
Nuque originated in the late 1500s from the French nucha for "nape," though its earliest origin is Arabic nukhā referring to "spinal marrow."
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