gaper

gaper
adj. [ON. gapa, yawn, gape]
1. An invertebrate that gapes.
2. (MOLLUSCA: Bivalvia)
In oysters, used to denote a dead or dying individual with gaping valves and some remaining meat; see gaping.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • Gaper — Gap er (g[=a]p [ e]r), n. 1. One who gapes. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European fish. See 4th {Comber}. (b) A large edible clam ({Schizoth[ae]rus Nuttalli}), of the Pacific coast; called also {gaper clam}. (c) An East Indian bird of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gaper — 1630s, agent noun from GAPE (Cf. gape) (v.). Gaper delay in traffic control parlance attested by 1995 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gaper — A gaper is a stone head, often depicting a black man, on the front of a building in the Netherlands. It was used to indicate that this building is a pharmacy.The literal translation of gaper would be yawner ; the figure is always displayed with… …   Wikipedia

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  • gaper — gape ► VERB 1) be or become wide open. 2) stare with one s mouth open wide in amazement or wonder. ► NOUN 1) a wide opening. 2) an open mouthed stare. 3) a widely open mouth or beak. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • gaper clam — Gaper Gap er (g[=a]p [ e]r), n. 1. One who gapes. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A European fish. See 4th {Comber}. (b) A large edible clam ({Schizoth[ae]rus Nuttalli}), of the Pacific coast; called also {gaper clam}. (c) An East Indian bird of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gaper clam — ▪ mollusk also called  Horse Clam        (Tresus nuttallii and Tresus capax), either of two species of bivalve mollusks of the family Mactridae. These clams live in sand and mud flats along the coast of western North America from Alaska to Baja… …   Universalium

  • gaper's\ delay — The traffic delay resulting from a roadside accident or similar spectacle. Derived from drivers gaping behavior when driving near an accident. Heard on the air in Chicago. We ve got a gaper s delay on the Eisenhower a 40 foot tall puppuet is… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • gaper's\ delay — The traffic delay resulting from a roadside accident or similar spectacle. Derived from drivers gaping behavior when driving near an accident. Heard on the air in Chicago. We ve got a gaper s delay on the Eisenhower a 40 foot tall puppuet is… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • gaper — noun Date: circa 1637 1. one that gapes 2. any of several large sluggish burrowing clams (families Myacidae and Mactridae) including several used for food …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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