masticate

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masticate

[′mas·tə‚kāt]
(chemical engineering)
To process rubber on a machine to make it softer and more pliable before mixing with other substances.
(physiology)
To chew.
References in classic literature ?
Now all admire, in each high-flavored dish The capabilities of flesh—fowl—fish; In order due each guest assumes his station, Throbs high his breast with fond anticipation, And prelibates the joys of mastication. “—Heliogabaliad.
'Glory of the East,' thou art in danger of mastication! Therefore never regard so piteously thy tail; it will undoubtedly be draggled in the mud, and for this there is no help.
"It is more blasphemous than that thing which is swiping our meat," I replied, for whatever the thing was, it had leaped upon our deer and was devouring it in great mouthfuls which it swallowed without mastication. The creature appeared to be a great lizard at least ten feet high, with a huge, powerful tail as long as its torso, mighty hind legs and short forelegs.