- having the mouth wide open; gaping
- Bot. having its petals separated by a distinct gap: said of certain flowers
Origin of ringentClassical Latin ringens, present participle of ringi, to gape
Origin of ringentLatin ring&emacron;ns, ringent-, present participle of ring&imacron;, to open the mouth wide.
- Having the semblance of lips parted wide, such as may be observed in certain flowers.
Latin ringens, from the verb ringi, to open wide.