One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Soften (plaster or other material) by kneading or rubbing.
pummel, work, pound, squeeze, wring, twist, crush, form, shape, mould, mix, blendView synonyms
- ‘As soon as it has been malaxated it is put into brown freestone pots.’
- ‘This precipitate separated from the alcohol, did not adhere to the fingers, and could be malaxated like warm molasses candy.’
- ‘Sprinkle half of the salt over them, and, with the hands malaxate them vigorously for fifteen minutes.’
- ‘The solution was facilitated by malaxating and frequently stirring the mixture.’
- ‘It was then malaxated and digested in cold aether.’
Late Middle English: from Latin malaxare, from Greek malassein ‘make soft’.
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