Definition of malaxation in US English:

malaxation

noun

  • 1The action of reducing ingredients to a soft mass by kneading or rolling.

  • 2Pétrissage.

  • 3Entomology. The action of repeatedly squeezing captured prey between the mandibles prior to feeding, characteristic of fossorial wasps.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Tomlinson (fl. 1657). From post-classical Latin malaxatio from classical Latin malaxāt-, past participial stem of malaxāre + -iō.

Pronunciation

malaxation

/malakˈseɪʃn/