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gaper

[ gey-per ]
/ ˈgeɪ pər /
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noun
a person or thing that gapes.
Also called horse clam. a large clam, Tresus capax, common on gravelly and coarse-sand beaches.
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Origin of gaper

First recorded in 1630–40; gape + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for gaper

gaper
/ (ˈɡeɪpə) /

noun
a person or thing that gapes
any of various large marine bivalve molluscs of the genera Mya and Lutraria that burrow in muddy sand. M. arenaria is the American soft-shelled clam and the two species of Lutraria are the otter shells. The valves have a permanent gap at the hind end
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