Definition of gaper in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈgeɪpə


  • 1A burrowing bivalve mollusc, 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.
  • 2 another term for comber2.
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    • The Washington clam catch is considerably less than that of gaper clams, primarily because the latter are more pre-dominant in most bays, and the Washington clam siphon holes are more difficult to locate.
  • 3A deep-sea anglerfish that is able to inflate itself with water.
    • Family Chaunacidae and genus Chaunax
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    • The amazing diversity of creatures must be seen to be believed; periwinkles, top-shells, starfish and lump suckers, the self-concealing flatfish, the gaper and razor fish and the commuting and breeding seabirds.
  • 4A person who stares in amazement or wonder: her sort of success inevitably attracted gapers
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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.

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