This disorder, known also as the gapes, is the most common ailment of poultry and all domestic birds.
What would you do if they got the gapes, and no one would feed them chopped onions?
Well indeed I would be that myself, only the half o' them young chickens goin' off with the gapes.
A clean-cut wound that gapes wide is most desired by all parties.
The shell is ventricose, is closed or gapes slightly posteriorly, and has prominent subcentral umbones and an external ligament.
I have the habit of approaching all things with a feeling of innocence which gapes.
He must not look at his wife when she sneezes or gapes or eats.
White terriers suffer most from distemper; white chickens from the gapes.
She's tender-hearted as a lamb, and'll nuss a chicken with the gapes for half a day.
No sooner is he in than he gapes out of the window open-mouthed at Miss S——.
early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen "to gape, stare," Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). Related: Gaped; gaping. As a noun, from 1530s.