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★ yawn [(v) あくび;広く空いた穴 || (v) あくびをする;(割れ目・湾などが)大きく開く]
Boredom would seem to be a distinctively human emotion. Animals in captivity, it is true, become listless, pace up and down, and yawn, but in a state of nature I do not believe that they experience anything analogous to boredom.
[退屈'は,人間特有の感情であるように思われる。なるほど,捕われた動物は,気力なくし,行ったり来たりしたり,あくびをしたりするが,野生(←自然)の状態では,動物は退屈に類するものを経験するとは思われない。
 出典:ラッセル『幸福論』第4章「退屈と興奮」]

In like manner no one has ever yawned during his maiden speech in the House of Lords, with the exception of the late Duke of Devonshire, who was reverenced by their Lordships in consequence.
[同様に,だれ一人として,上院で処女演説中にあくびをしたものはいない。ただし,今は亡きデヴォンシャー公爵だけは例外であり,その結果,英国貴族たちから尊敬されることになった。
 出典:ラッセル『幸福論』第4章「退屈と興奮」]

The party was a big yawn / The hole yawned before him.
[  出典:Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, new ed.]

He stood up, stretched and yawned. / There's a yawning gap between rich and poor.
[  出典:Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, 8th ed.]