nappe

noun
\ ˈnap How to pronounce nappe (audio) \

Definition of nappe

2 : a large mass of rock thrust over other rocks
3 : one of the two sheets that lie on opposite sides of the vertex and together make up a cone

First Known Use of nappe

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nappe

French, tablecloth, sheet, nappe, from Old French nape — more at napkin

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About nappe

Dictionary Entries Near nappe

napoo

nappe

napper

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for nappe

Cite this Entry

“Nappe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nappe. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on nappe

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about nappe

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!