Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The practice of masticating the food thoroughly, and not merely biting it into bits, before swallowing.

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  • noun rare The chewing of food long enough to reduce it to the consistency of porridge.

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek πόλτος (poltos, "porridge") and the suffix -φαγία (-phagia), combining form of φαγεῖν (phagein, "to eat"). See also suffix -phagy.

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  • Chew your food until it hurts, my child.

    March 2, 2011

  • If God had wanted us to chew our food, he wouldn't have given us stomach acid.

    March 2, 2011

  • That's a toothless comment, yarb.

    March 2, 2011

  • Were I older, I might have snorted my dentures right out of my mouth, yarb and bilby!

    March 2, 2011