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n. pl. os·ci·tan·cies
1. The act of yawning.
2. The state of being drowsy or inattentive; dullness.
[From oscitant, yawning, from Latin ōscitāns, ōscitant-, present participle of ōscitāre, to yawn : ōs, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots + citāre, to move; see keiə- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -tancies or -tancesOfficial name: oscitation
1. the state of being drowsy, lazy, or inattentive
2. the act of yawning
[C17: from Latin oscitāre to gape, yawn]
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oscitancy, pandiculation - Oscitancy is the act of yawning; pandiculation is an all-over stretching and yawning, as upon waking, from Latin pandere.
See also related terms for stretching.
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|Noun||1.||oscitancy - drowsiness and dullness manifested by yawning|
|2.||oscitancy - an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom; "he could not suppress a yawn"; "the yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop"; "he apologized for his oscitancy"|
pandiculation - yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)
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