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mastication (countable and uncountable, plural mastications)

  1. (physiology) The process of chewing.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter V
      "It is more blasphemous than that thing which is swiping our meat," I replied, for whatever the thing was, it had leaped upon our deer and was devouring it in great mouthfuls which it swallowed without mastication. The creature appeared to be a great lizard at least ten feet high, with a huge, powerful tail as long as its torso, mighty hind legs and short forelegs.
  2. The process of crushing as though chewed.

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