mas·ti·cate verb \ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt\
: to grind, crush, and chew (food) with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing
: to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading
: to make the motions involved in masticating food
—mas·ti·ca·tion \ˌmas-tə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
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