The gapes. (a) A fit of yawning. (b) A disease of young poultry and other birds, attended with much gaping. It is caused by a parasitic nematode worm in the windpipe, which obstructs the breathing. See Gapeworm.

(Gap"er) n.

1. One who gapes.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) A European fish. See 4th Comber. (b) A large edible clam of the Pacific coast; — called also gaper clam. (c) An East Indian bird of the genus Cymbirhynchus, related to the broadbills.

(Gape"seed`) n. Any strange sight. Wright.

(Gapes"ing) n. Act of gazing about; sightseeing. [Prov. Eng.]

(Gape"worm`) n. (Zoöl.) The parasitic worm that causes the gapes in birds. See Illustration in Appendix.

(Gap"ing*stock`) n. One who is an object of open-mouthed wonder.

I was to be a gapingstock and a scorn to the young volunteers.

(Gap"-toothed`) a. Having interstices between the teeth. Dryden.

(Gar) n. [Prob. AS. gar dart, spear, lance. The name is applied to the fish on account of its long and slender body and pointed head. Cf. Goad, Gore, v.] (Zoöl.) (a) Any slender marine fish of the genera Belone and Tylosurus. See Garfish. (b) The gar pike. See Alligator gar and Gar pike.

Gar pike, or Garpike(Zoöl.), a large, elongated ganoid fish of the genus Lepidosteus, of several species, inhabiting the lakes and rivers of temperate and tropical America.

(Gar), v. t. [Of Scand. origin. See Gear, n.] To cause; to make. [Obs. or Scot.] Spenser.

(Gar"an*cin) n. [F. garance madder, LL. garantia.] (Chem.) An extract of madder by sulphuric acid. It consists essentially of alizarin.

(d) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.

They have gaped upon me with their mouth.
Job xvi. 10.

2. To pen or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus.

May that ground gape and swallow me alive!

3. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; — with for, after, or at.

The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.

Syn. — To gaze; stare; yawn. See Gaze.

(Gape), n.

1. The act of gaping; a yawn. Addison.

2. (Zoöl.) The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds, fishes, etc.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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