The gapes
Gape Gape, n. 1. The act of gaping; a yawn. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds, fishes, etc. [1913 Webster]

{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 ({Syngamus trachealis}), in the windpipe, which obstructs the breathing. See {Gapeworm}. [1913 Webster]


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