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gaper

[gey-per] /ˈgeɪ pər/
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
1630-1640
1630-40; gape + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for gaper

gaper

/ˈɡeɪpə/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for gaper
n.

1630s, agent noun from gape (v.). Gaper delay in traffic control parlance attested by 1995.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gaper

gaper

noun

A mirror (1930s+ Jive talk)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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