[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
Related formsgap·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for gapier


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 Formsgapy, adjective
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