- 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
Having gaping liplike parts, as the corolla of some flowers or the shells of certain bivalves.
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.