gaper

gaper

[gey-per]
noun
1.
a person or thing that gapes.
2.
Also called horse clam. a large clam, Tresus capax, common on gravelly and coarse-sand beaches.

Origin:
1630–40; gape + -er1

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gaper (ˈɡeɪpə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that gapes
2.  any of various large marine bivalve molluscs of the genera Mya and Lutraria that burrow in muddy sand. M. arenaria is the American soft-shelled clam and the two species of Lutraria are the otter shells. The valves have a permanent gap at the hind end

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