Several of the elaterid larvae, however, gnaw roots and are highly destructive to farm crops.
The life of these subterranean pests differs in the various species; some undoubtedly (Agriotes lineatum) live for three or four years, during the greater part of which time they gnaw away at the roots of plants, carrying wholesale destruction before them.
Beavers also gnaw the bark of birch, poplar and willow trees; but during the summer a more varied herbage, with the addition of berries, is consumed.
When confined, they will gnaw through the hardest wood in order to make their escape.
This experiment was partially successful, but the instinctive dislike of bees to anything of a fibrous nature caused them completely to spoil their work of comb-building in the endeavour to tear or gnaw away the linen threads whenever they got in touch with them.
Fires can be cause in this way and rats can even gnaw through pipes, causing flooding.
Rodents have permanently growing incisor teeth; they must continually gnaw to keep their teeth under control.
They can also gnaw the roots below ground level.
Wales was thereby defined by Offa more than 1,200 years ago, creating a border relentlessly gnawed at in the succeeding centuries.
Gnaw away at their stakes.
Gnaw gently on your bottom lip.
Gnaw marks and smears where their fur has left grease marks on surfaces they have brushed against.
Gnaw off my own leg in protest.
Gnaw on the bones and then throw them back into the soup.
Gnaw through cables.
Gnaw through pipes, causing flooding.
Gnaw to keep these teeth worn down.
Gnawed at both ends by a carnivore.
Gnawed by a dog.
Gnaws away its flesh.