noun Date: circa 1637 1. one that gapes 2. any of several large sluggish burrowing clams (families Myacidae and Mactridae) including several used for food

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  • Gaper — Gap er (g[=a]p [ e]r), n. 1. One who gapes. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European fish. See 4th {Comber}. (b) A large edible clam ({Schizoth[ae]rus Nuttalli}), of the Pacific coast; called also {gaper clam}. (c) An East Indian bird of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gaper — 1630s, agent noun from GAPE (Cf. gape) (v.). Gaper delay in traffic control parlance attested by 1995 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gaper — A gaper is a stone head, often depicting a black man, on the front of a building in the Netherlands. It was used to indicate that this building is a pharmacy.The literal translation of gaper would be yawner ; the figure is always displayed with… …   Wikipedia

  • gaper — uolinis stirnešeris statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Serranus cabrilla angl. comber; gaper; garrupa rus. каменный окунь ханос ryšiai: platesnis terminas – paprastieji uoliniai ešeriai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • gaper — gape ► VERB 1) be or become wide open. 2) stare with one s mouth open wide in amazement or wonder. ► NOUN 1) a wide opening. 2) an open mouthed stare. 3) a widely open mouth or beak. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • gaper — adj. [ON. gapa, yawn, gape] 1. An invertebrate that gapes. 2. (MOLLUSCA: Bivalvia) In oysters, used to denote a dead or dying individual with gaping valves and some remaining meat; see gaping …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • gaper — /gay peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that gapes. 2. Also called horse clam. a large clam, Tresus capax, common on gravelly and coarse sand beaches. [1630 40; GAPE + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • gaper — noun a) One who gapes; a starer. b) A fish, taxonomic name Serranus cabrilla. Syn: comber …   Wiktionary

  • gaper — n. person who stares with an open mouth; person who yawns …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gaper — 1) pager 2) grape …   Anagrams dictionary

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