nef

noun

ˈnef
plural -s
1
obsolete : nave
2
: a 16th century clock in the form of a ship having mechanical devices to illustrate astronomical movements
3
: an ornamental table utensil (as for holding a napkin, knife, and spoon) shaped like a ship

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Nef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nef. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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