- to chew.
- to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
Origin of masticate
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Examples from the Web for masticate
George, continuing to masticate his bread, says it has nothing to do with him.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
She was trying to masticate these when there came a tap at the door.The Toilers of the Field
They then roll the leaf up, and masticate it for hours together.Old Jack
If she should masticate food her own poison would destroy her life.
And he took her teeth out of her mouth so that she should not masticate food.
- to chew (food)
- to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
C17: from Late Latin masticāre, from Greek mastikhan to grind the teeth
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Word Origin and History for masticate
1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare "to chew." Related: Masticated; masticating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To chew food.
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