Gapes meaning

gāps, găps
A disease of birds, especially young domesticated chickens and turkeys, caused by gapeworms and resulting in obstructed breathing.
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Third-person singular simple present indicative form of gape.
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Plural form of gape.
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(plural only) A fit of yawning.

The gapes is contagious: when one person gets the gapes, pretty soon you've got a roomful of gapers.

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(plural only) A disease of young poultry and other birds, caused by a parasitic nematode worm in the windpipe.

The gapes has gotten to many of the birds.

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