Word of the Day: masticate


masticate (MAS-ti-kayt)

verb transitive, intransitive: 1. to chew
2. to reduce to pulp by crushing and grinding

From Latin masticare (to chew), from Greek mastikhan (to gnash the teeth). Earliest documented use: 1562. A synonym of this word is fletcherize.

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Don’t chew with mouth open: Thy beauty causeth every head to turn.
Thy comeliness could launch a thousand ships.
But suitors will be few till thou dost learn
To masticate with firmly closed lips. (Nan Reiner, Alexandria)”
Pat Myers; Rhymes & Misdemeanors; The Washington Post; Jun 14, 2015.

“Ansari helpfully masticates their findings down for a general audience.”
Helen Lewis; Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari review; The Guardian (London, UK); Jun 4, 2015.

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