- to chew.
- to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
Origin of masticate
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- to chew (food)
- to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
Word Origin for masticate
C17: from Late Latin masticāre, from Greek mastikhan to grind the teeth
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1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare "to chew." Related: Masticated; masticating.
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- To chew food.
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