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gape

the width of the widely opened mouth of a vertebrate

gape

[gāp]
(anatomy)
The margin to margin distance between open jaws.
(invertebrate zoology)
The space between the margins of a closed mollusk valve.
References in classic literature ?
That meaning at least, while he gaped, it offered him; for he could but gape at his other self in this other anguish, gape as a proof that HE, standing there for the achieved, the enjoyed, the triumphant life, couldn't be faced in his triumph.
It was of the broad, square sort with great jaws, almost like that of a highly intellectual ape; the wide mouth shut so tight as to be traced by a mere line; the nose short with the sort of nostrils that seem to gape with an appetite for the air.
They straggle about in wrong places, look at wrong things, don't care for the right things, gape when more rooms are opened, exhibit profound depression of spirits, and are clearly knocked up.
Nevertheless, when he saw Katharine among the orchids, her beauty strangely emphasized by the fantastic plants, which seemed to peer and gape at her from striped hoods and fleshy throats, his ardor for botany waned, and a more complex feeling replaced it.
Failing this, absurdity and atheism gape behind him.
Don't gape at me like that, and come along at once, unless you want to be left behind.
He made the letter gape open, and showed Antoine that there was nothing but blank paper to be seen.
All that may be done is already carried out, for we have stuffed the gape with sails and corded it without and within.
The carrier, more especially the male bird, is also remarkable from the wonderful development of the carunculated skin about the head, and this is accompanied by greatly elongated eyelids, very large external orifices to the nostrils, and a wide gape of mouth.
The proportional width of the gape of mouth, the proportional length of the eyelids, of the orifice of the nostrils, of the tongue (not always in strict correlation with the length of beak), the size of the crop and of the upper part of the oesophagus; the development and abortion of the oil-gland; the number of the primary wing and caudal feathers; the relative length of wing and tail to each other and to the body; the relative length of leg and of the feet; the number of scutellae on the toes, the development of skin between the toes, are all points of structure which are variable.
Let the fool gape and shudder--the man knows, and can look on without a wink.
Like those who stand in the street and gape at the passers-by: thus do they also wait, and gape at the thoughts which others have thought.