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Animals and GnawingPlay
Most commonly, 'gnaw' is used when animals chew on objects. SlideThe rabbit was gnawing on a carrot.
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Continuous ActionPlay
'Gnaw' emphasizes a slow, continuous chewing action, often without eating. SlideShe gnawed contemplatively on her pencil.
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Physical TexturePlay
Use 'gnaw' when describing chewing hard, tough, or resilient materials. SlideHe gnawed on the tough bread crust.