verb (used with or without object), mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing.
- masticatory force,
- masticatory system,
Origin of masticate
Examples from the Web for masticate
With solid or crisp food there may be a good deal of hesitation and fumbling before he sets himself to masticate and swallow.The Nervous Child|Hector Charles Cameron
They then roll the leaf up, and masticate it for hours together.Old Jack|W.H.G. Kingston
You got up from the table one minute and demand something to masticate the next!The Call of the Beaver Patrol|V. T. Sherman
Grain-eating animals teach us how to eat grain; or at least, how to masticate farinaceous food.
By means of these jaws they are able to break off branches of corals, and to masticate other hard substances on which they feed.
Word Origin for masticate
1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare "to chew." Related: Masticated; masticating.