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Monday, April 18, 2005

Definitions for masticate

  1. To grind or crush with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing and digestion; to chew; as, "to masticate food."
  2. To crush or knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
  3. To chew food.

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Citations for masticate
Honestly, folks, the people at the next table ordered the same dish, and I watched as a young couple tried in vain to masticate those fossilized pieces of "toast." Pat Bruno, Chicago Sun-Times
Their powerful jaws allow hyenas to masticate not only flesh and entrails, but bones, horns, and even the teeth of their prey. Sam Tauschek, Sports Afield
Origin of masticate
Masticate comes from the past participle of Late Latin masticare, "to chew," from Greek mastichan, "to gnash the teeth." The noun form is mastication.