Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which gnaws or corrodes.
- n. In zoology: A rodent.
- n. plural The Rodentia, Rosores, or Glires.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, gnaws.
- n. (Zoöl.) A rodent.
- n. relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
- to gnaw + -er (Wiktionary)
“(A delightful true story of food, Paris, and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream) rongeur (ron-zhay) noun, masculine rodent, gnawer”
“Crumb-snatcher am I called, and I am the son of Bread-nibbler — he was my stout-hearted father — and my mother was Quern-licker, the daughter of Ham-gnawer the king: she bare me in the mouse-hole and nourished me with food, figs and nuts and dainties of all kinds.”
“Among them were the teeth of a gnawer, equalling in size and closely resembling those of the Capybara, whose habits have been described; and therefore, probably, an aquatic animal.”
“A gnawer by nature, the hamster had formidable, chisel-like incisors in both upper and lower jaws, and it knew how to use them.”
“Quern-licker, the daughter of Ham-gnawer the king: she bare me in the mouse-hole and nourished me with food, figs and nuts and dainties of all kinds.”
“Before we had been long on the Barrier he developed mischievous habits and became a rope eater and gnawer of other ponies 'fringes, as we called the coloured tassels we hung over their eyes to ward off snow-blindness.”
“Lamarck would have been delighted with this fact had he known it when speculating (probably with more truth than usual with him) on the gradually _acquired_ blindness of the Aspalax, a gnawer living underground, and of the Proteus, a reptile living in dark caverns filled with water, in both of which animals the eye is in an almost rudimentary state, and is covered with a tendinous membrane and skin ....”
“The greatest expert in this work is the Dermestes beetle, an enthusiastic gnawer of animal remains.”
“= Pternotractas = (“_bacon-gnawer_”), father of “the meal-licker,” Lycomĭlê”
“The damage is easily repaired, and I sit down, with unspeakable alacrity, to a business that tires my muscles, sets a _gnawer_ at work upon my lungs, fatigues my brain, and leaves me listless and spiritless.”
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