verb (used with or without object), mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing.
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.