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Mar 7, 2014
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manducate

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manducate

PRONUNCIATION:
(MAN-joo-kayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To chew or eat.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin mandere (to chew). Ultimately from the Indo-European root menth- (to chew), which also gave us masticate, mandible, and manger. Earliest documented use: 1623.

USAGE:
"Flem literally manducates, chewing over his surroundings."
Michael Wainwright; Darwin and Faulkner's Novels; Palgrave Macmillan; 2008.

See more usage examples of manducate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Habit with him was all the test of truth, / It must be right: I've done it from my youth. -George Crabbe, poet and naturalist (1754-1832)

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