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v. gnawed, gnaw·ing, gnaws
a. To bite, chew on, or erode with the teeth.
b. To produce by gnawing: gnaw a hole.
c. To erode or diminish gradually as if by gnawing: waves gnawing the rocky shore.
2. To afflict or worry persistently: fear that constantly gnawed me.
1. To bite or chew persistently: The dog gnawed at the bone.
2. To cause erosion or gradual diminishment.
3. To cause persistent worry or pain: Hunger gnawed at the prisoners.
[Middle English gnauen, from Old English gnagan.]
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|Noun||1.||gnawer - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing|
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
order Rodentia, Rodentia - small gnawing animals: porcupines; rats; mice; squirrels; marmots; beavers; gophers; voles; hamsters; guinea pigs; agoutis
mouse - any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails
rat - any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
murine - a rodent that is a member of the family Muridae
water rat - any of various amphibious rats
New World mouse - a variety of rodent
musquash, Ondatra zibethica, muskrat - beaver-like aquatic rodent of North America with dark glossy brown fur
cotton rat, Sigmodon hispidus - destructive long-haired burrowing rat of southern North America and Central America
wood rat, wood-rat - any of various small short-tailed rodents of the northern hemisphere having soft fur grey above and white below with furred tails and large ears; some are hosts for Ixodes pacificus and Ixodes scapularis (Lyme disease ticks)
hamster - short-tailed Old World burrowing rodent with large cheek pouches
gerbil, gerbille - small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping
lemming - any of various short-tailed furry-footed rodents of circumpolar distribution
jumping mouse - any of several primitive mouselike rodents with long hind legs and no cheek pouches; of woodlands of Eurasia and North America
jerboa - mouselike jumping rodent
dormouse - small furry-tailed squirrel-like Old World rodent that becomes torpid in cold weather
squirrel - a kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail
prairie dog, prairie marmot - any of several rodents of North American prairies living in large complex burrows having a barking cry
marmot - stocky coarse-furred burrowing rodent with a short bushy tail found throughout the northern hemisphere; hibernates in winter
beaver - large semiaquatic rodent with webbed hind feet and a broad flat tail; construct complex dams and underwater lodges
Aplodontia rufa, mountain beaver, sewellel - bulky nocturnal burrowing rodent of uplands of the Pacific coast of North America; the most primitive living rodent
cavy - short-tailed rough-haired South American rodent
capibara, capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris - pig-sized tailless South American amphibious rodent with partly webbed feet; largest living rodent
agouti, Dasyprocta aguti - agile long-legged rabbit-sized rodent of Central America and South America and the West Indies; valued as food
Cuniculus paca, paca - large burrowing rodent of South America and Central America; highly esteemed as food
mountain paca - rodent of mountains of western South America
coypu, Myocastor coypus, nutria - aquatic South American rodent resembling a small beaver; bred for its fur
Chinchilla laniger, chinchilla - small rodent with soft pearly grey fur; native to the Andes but bred in captivity for fur
mountain chinchilla, mountain viscacha - a rodent native to the mountains of Chile and Peru and now bred in captivity
mole rat - furry short-limbed tailless rodent resembling a true mole in habits and appearance; of eastern Europe and Middle East
mole rat - African rodent resembling a mole in habits and appearance
sand rat - small nearly naked African mole rat of desert areas