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- n. The chewing of food long enough to reduce it to the consistency of porridge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The practice of masticating the food thoroughly, and not merely biting it into bits, before swallowing.
From Ancient Greek πόλτος (poltos, "porridge") and the suffix -φαγία (-phagia), combining form of φαγεῖν (phagein, "to eat"). See also suffix -phagy. (Wiktionary)