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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.
References in classic literature ?
But it was within some hundred yards, and gaped like a cavern before Flambeau spoke again.
How she would have gaped if she had realized that her "coarse kitchen salt" was strychnine, one of the most deadly poisons known to mankind.
Bidden to observe the highlands of the Hudson, they gaped, unsuspecting, at the upturned mountains of a new- laid sewer.
The mouths of two speakingtubes gaped stupidly at his elbow, and the dial of the engine-room telegraph resembled a clock of large diameter, bearing on its face curt words instead of figures.
But, suddenly abandoning his hostile purpose, he snuffed the air a moment, gaped heavily, shook himself, and peaceably resumed his recumbent attitude.
We induced begging in nestling House Sparrows by gently tapping the bill, and photographed them when they gaped.
London, May 25 ( ANI ): Nicole Scherzinger narrowly avoided a wardrobe malfunction on the red carpet for the New York premiere of the movie Men In Black 3, in a gaping halterneck top which gaped at the side, displaying a bit too much skin.
At first, the women said, families on porches gaped at the sight of a woman hauling away recyclables or trash.
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.