masticatory

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mastico +‎ -atory, the former borrowed from Ancient Greek μαστιχάω (mastikháō, I gnash the teeth) , from μάσταξ (mástax, that with which one chews).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

masticatory (plural masticatories)

  1. (chiefly medicine) Something chewed, originally as a medicine, now typically for pleasure or to increase the flow of saliva.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 5, member 1, subsection iv:
      Sneezing, masticatories, and nasals are generally received.

Adjective[edit]

masticatory (not comparable)

  1. Of, or relating to mastication.
  2. Used for chewing.

References[edit]

  • masticatory”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.