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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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Saunders and his colleagues speculate that the caldera formed in a manner similar to those on Earth: When magma drained from an underground reservoir, the surface rock lost its support and collapsed to form a gaping depression.
This might be possible in the current arena of robust price increases, were it not for the industry's legacy of woefully inadequate pricing from 1997 through 2000, for which insurers are still paying dearly, and the gaping shortfall in reserves set aside to pay future claims.
Nor do we feel we have a gaping hole on the roster.
Many of their questions, grounded in conventional physics, focused on the gaping inability of the measured amounts of neutrons, tritium and other reported nuclear reaction products to account for the excess heat reported by at least 16 laboratories.
Once made aware of the situation, lead singer Bert McCraken instructed the fans to take 5 steps back, then an additional 10 steps back soon after it was discovered that a gaping hole was present in the venue's floor.
City officials, hemmed in by the gaping state budget deficit and Santa Clarita's dwindling reserves, said they are looking to boost revenues without raising taxes or imposing new fees on residents by increasing sales tax receipts.
Rats given weekly drug injections developed larger, gaping mouth movements at energy frequencies between 4 and 7 hertz.
Our goal is to increase awareness of the most gaping holes, and help companies, developers and end users secure their information infrastructure.
Santa Clarita will lay patches of a durable rubberized walkway along Orchard Village Road where the massive roots of liquidambar trees have created gaping cracks in front of an elementary school.
On the left side of the boat, there were large fractures in the fiberglass and a gaping hole where the port engine, which searchers did not find, had been.
From a small molecule's point of view, they're creatures with jellyfish-like tentacles and gaping, sticky mouths.