adjective rin·gent \ˈrinjənt\

Definition of ringent

  1. 1 :  having the lips widely separated and gaping like an open mouth ringent corolla

  2. 2 :  gaping irregularly the ringent valves of various bivalves

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Origin and Etymology of ringent

Latin ringent-, ringens, present participle of ringi to open the mouth, show the teeth — more at rictus

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