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gape

(gāp, găp)
intr.v. gaped, gaping, gapes
To open the mouth wide.
n.
gapes(used with a sing. verb) A disease of birds, especially young domesticated chickens and turkeys, caused by gapeworms and resulting in obstructed breathing.

gape

a behavioral response shown by cats in recognition of urine odor. After sniffing, the cat flicks the tongue against the hard palate, opens its mouth, licks the nose, and has a fixed gaze. This may be similar to the flehmen reaction.
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Startled Comdex conventioneers gaped as several penguin-clad Linux supporters parachuted into the Las Vegas Convention Center parking lot, a stunt picked up by most of the network TV stations in attendance.
I gaped at that hole the way girls used to gape when they heard the facts of life late: this thing goes into that, your mother and father did it and you will do it--never, they say passionately, never, never, their eyes wide open and their mouths open.
Pirates gaped at flamingos, princesses eyed pythons and sullen ninjas rode the tram.