Meaning of masticate


To masticate is to chew your food or to bite and grind stuff with your teeth.

While humans use their teeth, primarily molars, to masticate their food, some animals have evolved other ways to do this. Some masticate by crushing food between hard plates on the top and bottom of their mouths, and others masticate by using a spiny tongue to break down their food.

Definitions of masticate
  1. verb

    grind and knead

    masticate rubber”
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    type of:

    knead, work

    make uniform

  2. verb

    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth

    “The cows were
    masticating the grass”

    chew, jaw, manducate

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    champ, chomp

    chew noisily

    chafe at the bit, like horses
    gum, mumble

    grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty

    chew without swallowing
    crunch, munch

    chew noisily

    bite or chew on with the teeth
    type of:

    grate, grind

    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together

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