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English Dictionary: mastication by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
mastication
n
  1. biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
    Synonym(s): chew, chewing, mastication, manduction
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Mastication \Mas`ti*ca"tion\, n. [L. masticatio: cf. F.
      mastication.]
      The act or operation of masticating; chewing, as of food.
  
               Mastication is a necessary preparation of solid
               aliment, without which there can be no good digestion.
                                                                              --Arbuthnot.
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