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- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of gape.
- n. A fit of yawning.
- n. A disease of young poultry and other birds, caused by a parasitic nematode worm in the windpipe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See as the gapes, under gape, n..
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It begins with what is called the gapes; that is, the fowl, being unable to breathe through its nostrils, keeps its beak open, with a kind of convulsive yawn; the eyelids then become swelled and close, and there is an offensive discharge from the nostrils.
The worst disease, however, from which the pheasant suffers is "gapes," caused by an accumulation of small red worms in the windpipe that all but suffocate the victim.
The eyeless, toothless brick building behind me gapes with awe at what it's become, at all who flagrantly disregard it.
I watch Chazz watch Lavie, and his mouth slowly gapes.
When I say the word biologic to someone like Josephine, her eyes cross a little, and her mouth gapes, and I can hear her little brain rattling around in her skull like a smooth marble.
We start a three-way makeout as the entire crowd gapes at us, in shock.
Shwedick nods with a calm smile as the crowd shrieks and points and gapes.
The front door of the building gapes open, as if by a strong wind.
He turns to look at me but instead gapes at something behind me.
But her son, straddling the end of a long bench, gapes.