What does “slow-chapped” mean?

Noticed it in a poem

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You’re probably asking about Andrew Marvell’s poem “To His Coy Mistress,” in which the speaker tells the woman he desires that life is short and she should make love to him right now.
“Chaps” are jaws. The reference to time’s “slow-chapp’d power” means that time is slowly chewing up the two of them. Instead of hesitating and being eaten away by time, the speaker of the poem argues, he and his lady love should “Rather at once our time devour” — that is, they should seize the opportunity to enjoy a banquet of Տҽ×ual delight while they can.

Athena Estudy

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