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    animals still peck each other raw

    The birds go mad from the conditions they’re forced to live in. They try to peck each other to death, so many farmers cut their highly sensitive beaks off with hot knives.
    But the animals still peck each other raw even after their beaks are mutilated. They sometimes even start eating each other alive.

    Source: Project Animal Farm

    Could you explain the meaning of "raw" here? Is it an adjective?

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    Re: animals still peck each other raw

    Yes, it's an adjective. It's referring to raw (uncooked) meat. They peck each other until they have large open flesh wounds.
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    Re: animals still peck each other raw

    It is a type of adjective that is called "resultative". The adjective follows the word it describes and it describes the result produced by the action of the verb.

    The chef cooked the steaks rare.
    John painted his house blue.
    Phil cut his hair short.

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    Re: animals still peck each other raw

    Thank you, Mike.
    I've lost my account on your site. It has been a long time since I actively asked for help there.
    I learned a lot from your sentence analysis.

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    Re: animals still peck each other raw

    I am glad that it helped.

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