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In a creature is my natural home.
Have me in your meal and you'll become me.
(With me, this line would be adjacent.)
Experts take more time with me.
In winter wear, I might be half a mile.

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I really hope the answer is

long

In a creature is my natural home.

belonging - meaning your natural home, the creature is a being.

Have me in your meal and you'll become me.

elongating - meaning becoming long, and eating as in your meal.

(With me, this line would be adjacent.)

alongside - meaning adjacent, the remark is an aside.

Experts take more time with me.

prolong/s - take more time, the experts are pro/s.

In winter wear, I might be half a mile.

Furlongs - furs are winter wear, four furlongs is half a mile.

Title: I wish, I yearn, for an answer to this riddle

long - to wish or yearn for something (such a puzzle from jafe or Rand).

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    $\begingroup$ Correct answer! But there's a slightly better word to use for line 2, and a much better word to use for line 4. How about the title? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 15 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ Fully correct. Your green tick will be along at some point. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 15 at 11:05
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Randal'Thor - it's really amazing how swiftly you created this - jafe's question was only up for 27 mins! (I especially liked the line in brackets.) $\endgroup$ – Tom Jun 15 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ The bit about "yearning" in jafe's riddle made me think of that particular synonym, and I went looking for words containing it. Soon enough it was clear both that I was barking up the wrong tree for jafe's puzzle and that I had enough words to make a nice new puzzle :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 15 at 13:50

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