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AG'APE, adverb or adjective [a and gape. See Gape.]

Gaping, as with wonder, expectation, or eager attention; having the mouth wide open.

AG'APE, noun ag'apy. [Gr. Love.]

Among the primitive christians, a love feast or feast of charity, held before or after the communion, when contributions were made for the poor. This feast was held at first without scandal, but afterwards being abused, it was condemned at the council of Carthage, adjective D. 397.