Definition of gaper in English:


Syllabification: gap·er
Pronunciation: /ˈgāpər


  • 1A person who stares, typically in amazement or wonder.
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    • They all try to out beat the other with the best impression of a gaper.
    • In the shade of a sycamore grove, bikers sat cross-legged on idled Harleys, heckling the gapers and high-fiving each other.
  • 2A burrowing bivalve mollusk, the shell valves of which have an opening at one or both ends.
    • Genus Mya, family Myidae
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    • Areas exhibiting mixed sand and mud constitute a relatively stable substrate in which typical sand-living animals, such as sand gapers, lugworms, and razor shells, dwell.
    • Well-known bivalves to which the name gaper could be applied are the razor clam, and the soft-shelled clam; but the latter is something of an exception in that it can survive for some time without water (indeed without oxygen).
    • And the prized geoduck - the largest burrowing clam in the world - is occasionally found among the gaper clams in Tomales Bay.

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