plural -s
obsolete : nave
: a 16th century clock in the form of a ship having mechanical devices to illustrate astronomical movements
: an ornamental table utensil (as for holding a napkin, knife, and spoon) shaped like a ship

Word History


French, nave, boat-shaped vessel, from Medieval Latin navis

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“Nef.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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