manducation

noun
man·​du·​ca·​tion
plural -s

Definition of manducation

1a obsolete : the taking of food : eating
2 : the act of chewing now used chiefly of invertebrate animals

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History and Etymology for manducation

Late Latin manducation-, manducatio, from Latin manducatus + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Manducation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manducation. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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