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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.
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Sometimes they gape and struggle to breathe before they die.His concern was what could be the relationship between eating snails and the consequent fate of the chickens.
When Radio Hauraki was eventually taken over by the "money men", Gapes and Derek Lowe, the director, left.
During the summer of 2002, simultaneous registrations of water elevation, current speed, chlorophyll a (chl a) concentration and valve gapes of mussels were carried out as 10 one-day studies at different selected locations on the shallow north-western part (Site 1: field-study days #1 to #6, and #10), and in the somewhat deeper middle part (Site 2: field-study days #7, #8, and #9, see Fig.
Gapes said they will meet with senior officials and members of China's parliament, the National People's Congress, and people from nongovernmental organizations and social groups to listen to their views on similar issues.
To get a better idea of what the birds are seeing, Hunt and her colleagues measured UV reflection from chick gapes and nests for barn swallows, blackbirds, house sparrows, and five other European species.
Even though the building underwent earthquake reinforcement last year at a cost of more than $200,000, a thirty-foot-long hole now gapes in the wall of its second-story rehearsal studio.
MIKE GAPES MP Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee
Garden gapes: An Icelander surveys the damage in his garden after he awoke with a jolt when an earthquake shook the south-western part of the island, knocking down a dozen houses but causing no serious injuries.
Young barn swallow gapes vary from a greenish yellow to bright red, depending on the abundance of carotenoid pigments.