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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.
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A total of 202 fire personnel are battling the Whitewater blaze, using five helicopters, five "masticators," one engine, three water tenders and six bulldozers.
Twenty percent own either a masticator, hydro ax, or mulching attachments and are therefore capable of mechanical mastication of standing trees.
Bilateral mastication has been considered efficient; (33) in addition, Minato et al (34) showed that bilateral masticators have a more sensitive tongue--a characteristic that may play an important role in masticatory efficiency.
A shame the smokers and masticators aren't into similar self-policing.