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v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
1. To chew (food).
2. To grind and knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
To chew food.
[Late Latin masticāre, masticāt-, to masticate, from Greek mastikhān, to grind the teeth.]
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The chewing or grinding of food by the teeth.
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|Noun||1.||mastication - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow|
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
chomping - the act of chewing noisily
rumination - (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable powers of rumination"
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