Definition of Gapes

1. Verb. (third-person singular of gape) ¹

2. Noun. (context: "the gapes") A fit of yawning. ¹

3. Noun. (context: "the gapes") A disease of young poultry and other birds, caused by a parasitic nematode worm in the windpipe. ¹

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Definition of Gapes

1. gape [v] - See also: gape

Medical Definition of Gapes

1. A disease of young chickens, turkeys, and other birds caused by the gapeworm, Syngamus trachea, which localises in the trachea and causes gasping and choking; infection is either direct, by ingestion of infective eggs, or indirect, by ingestion of transport hosts such as land snails, slugs, or earthworms. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gapes

gap arthroplasty
gap gene
gap junction
gap junctions
gap mutant
gap phenomenon
gap year
gap years
gapers' block
gapers' blocks
gapers block
gapes (current term)

Literary usage of Gapes

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Ev'n as a shoal of fish before a shark Huddle in fear, and crowd some harbourage In to its inmost corners, for his mouth gapes to engulf whatever he may ..."

2. Poultry Diseases and Their Treatment by Maine Agricultural Experiment Station, Maynie Rose Curtis, Frank Macy Surface (1911)
"gapes. gapes is a disease which attacks domestic poultry and many species ... "The symptoms of gapes are frequent gaping, sneezing, a whistling cough with ..."

3. Farm Poultry: A Popular Sketch of Domestic Fowls for the Farmer and Amateur by George Catchpole Watson (1919)
"gapes gapes sometimes destroy large numbers of small chickens; in fact, on some farms ... It is well known that gapes are caused by a small worm known as ..."

4. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1885)
"No symptoms of gapes were discovered. Evidently the embryos had not obtained access ... No symptoms of the gapes were produced, but to determine positively, ..."

5. The Diseases of Animals: A Book of Brief and Popular Advice on the Care and by Nelson Slater Mayo (1920)
"... debilitated animals in preference to vigorous, healthy ones. gapes IN FOWLS gapes in chickens is due to the presence of a small round-worm ..."

6. British Farmer's Magazine (1842)
"Great numbers of chickens are every year lost from the attack of the gapes; and the usual remedy had recourse to by the housewives, was giving the chickens ..."

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