One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of reducing ingredients to a soft mass by kneading or rolling.
3Entomology. The action of repeatedly squeezing captured prey between the mandibles prior to feeding, characteristic of fossorial wasps.
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.
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