Part of speech: Verb
Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Definition: To gaze stupidly or in open-mouthed surprise or wonder
Found in Line 6-8of Franny Choi,”Field Trip to the Museum of Human History” – “From the canyon? we shuffled in the dim light// and gaped at the secrets buried in clay, reborn as warning signs:”
The definition of the word gaped helped me understand what was being said in lines 6-8. In my opinion, I believed they were shocked with their findings.