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”
    synonyms: chew, jaw, manducate
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    champ, chomp
    chew noisily
    champ
    chafe at the bit, like horses
    gum, mumble
    grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty
    chaw
    chew without swallowing
    crunch, munch
    chew noisily
    gnaw
    bite or chew on with the teeth
    type of:
    grate, grind
    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
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