Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or used in mastication: masticatory muscles.
  • adj. Adapted for chewing.
  • n. A medicinal substance chewed to increase salivation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something chewed, originally as a medicine, now typically for pleasure or to increase the flow of saliva.
  • adj. Of, or relating to mastication.
  • adj. Used for chewing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Chewing; adapted to perform the office of chewing food.
  • n. A substance to be chewed to increase the saliva.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to mastication; used in or effected by chewing: as, the masticatory apparatus or process.
  • n. A substance chewed to excite the secretion of saliva.

Etymologies

From the participle stem of Latin masticare. (Wiktionary)

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