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Related to ringent: patulous
Having gaping liplike parts, as the corolla of some flowers or the shells of certain bivalves.
[Latin ringēns, ringent-, present participle of ringī, to open the mouth wide.]
(Botany) (of the corolla of plants such as the snapdragon) consisting of two distinct gaping lips
[C18: from Latin ringī to open the mouth wide]
Bot. having widely spread lips.
[1750–60; < Latin ringent-, s. of ringēns, present participle of ringī to gape; compare rictus]