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from The Century Dictionary.

  • Gaping: said of the jaws of certain insects.

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  • hiant yawning; chasm; gaping

    January 9, 2007

  • i got thinking of this word again and went looking on Google Books. Found citations not entomological, but botanical. The Botanical Register, 1817, describes a gloxinia bloom (with a kind of poetry):

    Style white, ascendent, an inch long, tubular, bearded at the base : stigma hiant, broadest crossways, frosted within.

    another text, Principia Botanica: Or, Beginnings of Botany from 1960:

    ... in which the ovary remains hiant into the fruit stage ; and in early ontogeny many ovaries are hiant), and another genus already technically angiospermous by the ovary closing, and the style being already fully formed.

    August 9, 2019

  • Makes me think of a potential sequel to Night Of The Weyant.

    August 12, 2019