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

n yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)

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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