Definition: (from dictionary.com)
1. to chew
2. to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber
"On our dinner date he said I was very good at masticating."
"I told him if he used that language at the dinner table he could go masticate by himself."
Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare 'to chew.'"
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