pandiculation

If you've ever awoken in the morning, yawned, and stretched your arms, you've experienced pandiculation.

Use the noun pandiculation to describe the particular sleepy combination of yawning and stretching. It's a somewhat obscure but impressive way to talk about a universal phenomenon. Animals are prone to pandiculation too, extending their paws in a stretch and yawning widely. The Latin root is pandiculari, "to stretch oneself," from pandere, "to stretch."

Definitions of pandiculation
  1. noun
    yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)
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    type of:
    stretch, stretching
    exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
    oscitance, oscitancy, yawn, yawning
    an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom
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