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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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The gaping behavior was assessed by visual inspection at the ventral shell margin at 5 min, 10 min, 30 min, 1 h, and 2 h, and then every other hour for the first 12 h, and every 24 h until the oysters did not respond to the external stimulus of knocking on the exterior of the chamber, and were then classified as dead.
In the visceral insular cortex, but not the gustatory insular cortex, activating serotonin caused nausea (produced gaping reactions) and blocking serotonin reduced nausea (eliminated gaping reactions).
MYSTERY DEEPENS: The gaping hole in Queen Street yesterday (AC200309Chole-02)
Temporary panels from old marquees were used to cover the gaping holes so last night's prom event could still go ahead.
The departure of former Chairman Paul Volcker," he said, "has left a gaping hole in the international side.
Urban vibrancy is set against the gaping emptiness of the rural interior, a vast primeval landscape barely affected by the scrapings of farming and human settlement where poverty and marginalisation are still endemic.
But where Matta-Clark was interested in large-scale meta-architectural projects (or, as he called them, "anarchitecture"), Swartz is more of a miniaturist, entering with small incisions rather than gaping holes.
Halprin's nude body was barely covered by her gaping hospital gown as she swung her arms vacantly against her chest and mouthed silent cries.
5, the gaping tip of a rupturing fault chases a speeding train before it swallows the doomed choo-choo.
Research of the Federal census and county court records would have filled gaping holes ha the family's history.
The production line worker ran out to find smoke pouring from a gaping hole in the roof of their Eastern Avenue home.