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(past & past part. masticated; pres. part. masticating)
Grind and knead.
Chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth.  Synonyms: chew, jaw, manducate.  "Chew your food and don't swallow it!" , "The cows were masticating the grass"

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"Masticate" Quotes from Famous Books

... subject of chewing. Whether the rock goat, the filthy animal to which we have before adverted, or the tobacco worm, first taught imitative man to masticate tobacco, we are ignorant. One thing, however, is most certain, that of all modes of using it, chewing seems most vulgar and ungentlemanlike, and it is worthy of particular remark, that in our country it is more ...
— The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831 • Various

... not only spilt more during the afternoon, but also been twice the victim of what is technically known as "boiling over"—felt quite unable to make a third at the gate party, and so was forced to masticate her impatience and hover in the window until Susan turned at last and ...
— Susan Clegg and Her Friend Mrs. Lathrop • Anne Warner

... with immense muzzle and lips, and broad cheeks armed with stiff projecting bristles—the sluggish toxodon. The creature opens its cavernous mouth to seize a floating gourd; and now it tears up the great fleshy arum roots from the clay bank, and grinding them to pulp, sinks below to masticate its meal. Numberless other curious creatures are roaming through the forest, or feeding on the banks; many others, having run their destined course, disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by a new creation of far less magnitude—the mild llama, the savage jaguar, ...
— The Western World - Picturesque Sketches of Nature and Natural History in North - and South America • W.H.G. Kingston

... attend to its natural wants, and by fixed routine to accustom it at stated hours to empty its bowels and its bladder is a lesson hard to teach; and not less difficult is it to make the child learn to masticate its food, to drink without slobbering, and then to use the spoon and fork, and to feed itself; and afterwards to dress itself, to wash itself, to tie its shoestrings; for idiots almost without exception are awkward as ...
— The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases • Charles West, M.D.

Words linked to "Masticate" :   grate, knead, mastication, munch, gum, chaw, gnaw, grind, work, crunch, chomp, champ, mumble

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