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

gap·y, adjective

Definition for gapes (2 of 2)

gape
[ geyp, gap ]
/ geɪp, gæp /

verb (used without object), gaped, gap·ing.

noun

Origin of gape

1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse gapa to open the mouth wide; compare German gaffen

SYNONYMS FOR gape

1 See gaze.
2, 3 yawn.

OTHER WORDS FROM gape

gap·ing·ly, adverbsub·gape, verb (used without object), sub·gaped, sub·gap·ing.un·gap·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gapes (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for gapes (2 of 2)

gape
/ (ɡeɪp) /

verb (intr)

to stare in wonder or amazement, esp with the mouth open
to open the mouth wide, esp involuntarily, as in yawning or hunger
to be or become wide openthe crater gaped under his feet

noun

See also gapes

Word Origin for gape

C13: from Old Norse gapa; related to Middle Dutch gapen, Danish gabe
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