An example of masticate is to chew up a gummy bear.
An example of masticate is to grind up paper into a pulp.
Origin of masticate
- Late Latin masticāre masticāt- to masticate from Greek mastikhān to grind the teeth
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the past participle stem of post-Classical Latin masticÅ (“I chew"), from Ancient Greek Î¼Î±ÏƒÏ„Î¹Ï‡Î¬Ï‰ (mastikhaÅ, “I grind the teeth").