AskDefine | Define gape

Dictionary Definition



1 an expression of open-mouthed astonishment
2 a stare of amazement (usually with the mouth open)


1 look with amazement; look stupidly [syn: goggle, gawp, gawk]
2 be wide open; "the deep gaping canyon" [syn: yawn, yaw]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. To open the mouth wide.

Extensive Definition

A gapeworm (Syngamus trachea) is a parasitic nematode worm infecting the tracheas of certain birds. The resulting disease, known as gape or the gapes, occurs when the worms clog and obstruct the airway. The worms are also known as red worms or forked worms due to their red color and the permanent procreative conjunction of males and females. Gapeworm is common in young, domesticated chickens and turkeys.
When the female gapeworm lays her eggs in the trachea of an infected bird, the eggs are coughed up, swallowed, then defecated. When birds consume the eggs found in the feces or an intermediate host such as earthworms, snails, or slugs, they become infected with the parasite.
Ivermectin is a drug often used to control gapeworm infection in birds.

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