masticate

[mas-ti-keyt]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), masticated, masticating.
1.
to chew.
2.
to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.

Origin:
1640–50; < Late Latin masticātus, past participle of masticāre to chew. See mastic, -ate1

masticable [mas-ti-kuh-buhl] , adjective
mastication, noun
masticator, noun
half-masticated, adjective
remasticate, verb, remasticated, remasticating.
remastication, noun
unmasticated, adjective
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masticate (ˈmæstɪˌkeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to chew (food)
2.  to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
 
[C17: from Late Latin masticāre, from Greek mastikhan to grind the teeth]
 
'masticable
 
adj
 
masti'cation
 
n
 
'masticator
 
n

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masticate
1640s, from L.L. masticat-, pp. stem of masticare (see mastication). Related: Masticated; masticating.
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masticate mas·ti·cate (mās'tĭ-kāt')
v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
To chew food.


mas'ti·ca'tion n.
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During the past ten years heavy equipment for chopping, crushing or masticating residues has been developed.
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