Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) The practice of masticating food thoroughly, and not merely biting it into bits, before swallowing.
‘Poltophagy’ comes from the Greek ‘poltos,’ porridge, plus ‘phagein,’ to eat.
“Reduced to its simplest terms poltophagy seems to be second cousin to vegetarianism, and will, no doubt, claim its adherents like every other innovation. Those who are well will probably laugh at it, while those who are dissatisfied with their state of health will equally probably try the new method and feel better.”
“I have always called this way taking food poltophagy (poltos meaning masticated, finely divided) and the other psomophagy (psomos meaning biting tearing).”