• WordNet 3.6
    • n gnawer relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gnawer (Zoöl) A rodent.
    • Gnawer One who, or that which, gnaws.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gnawer One who or that which gnaws or corrodes.
    • n gnawer In zoology: A rodent.
    • n gnawer plural The Rodentia, Rosores, or Glires.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gnawer a rodent
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gnagan; cf. Dut. knagen, Ice. naga, prov. Eng. nag, to tease.


In literature:

The greatest expert in this work is the Dermestes beetle, an enthusiastic gnawer of animal remains.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
Hence the name of Processionary given to the gnawer of the pine.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
They are inveterate gnawers, and spend much of their time in trees gnawing the bark.
"Locusts and Wild Honey" by John Burroughs
They are great gnawers, and will gnaw your house down if you do not look out.
"In the Catskills" by John Burroughs
These animals are great gnawers.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
For mink and other animals that are gnawers the traps should be visited daily for they may gnaw and escape.
"Deadfalls and Snares" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
It is not a little singular that this animal, unlike all others of the larger gnawers, as the beaver, etc.
"Rambles of a Naturalist" by John D. Godman
Then the joy of Odin was drowned in the tears that brimmed his heart, and it was as if the eternal gnawer had entered into his soul.
"The Heroes of Asgard" by Annie Keary
They are called the rodents or gnawers (Glires) because of their well-known gnawing powers and proclivities.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg