gapes

[ geyps, gaps ]
/ geɪps, gæps /

noun (used with a singular verb)

Veterinary Pathology. a parasitic disease of poultry and other birds, characterized by frequent gaping due to infestation of the trachea and bronchi with gapeworms.
a fit of yawning.

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Origin of gapes

see origin at gape, -s3

OTHER WORDS FROM gapes

gapy, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for gapes

gapes
/ (ɡeɪps) /

noun (functioning as singular)

a disease of young domestic fowl, characterized by gaping or gasping for breath and caused by parasitic worms (gapeworms)
informal a fit of yawning

Derived forms of gapes

gapy, adjective
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