[ geyps, gaps ]

noun(used with a singular verb)
  1. Veterinary Pathology. a parasitic disease of poultry and other birds, characterized by frequent gaping due to infestation of the trachea and bronchi with gapeworms.

  2. a fit of yawning.

Origin of gapes

see origin at gape, -s3

Other words from gapes

  • gapy, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for gapes


/ (ɡeɪps) /

noun(functioning as singular)
  1. a disease of young domestic fowl, characterized by gaping or gasping for breath and caused by parasitic worms (gapeworms)

  2. informal a fit of yawning

Derived forms of gapes

  • gapy, adjective

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