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gapes

[geyps, gaps] /geɪps, gæps/
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
see gape, -s3
Related forms
gapy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gapy

gapes

/ɡeɪps/
noun (functioning as sing)
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 Forms
gapy, adjective
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