One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chew or eat.‘she fell upon the wretched vegetable and manducated it’
eat, eat up, devour, ingest, swallow, gobble, gobble up, wolf down, gorge oneself on, feast onView synonyms
- ‘Anyway, one evening as we were manducating our victuals at a local eatery, my sweet and bashful convent girl asked me if I thought she looked fat.’
Early 17th century (earlier ( early 16th century) as manducation): from Latin manducat- ‘chewed’, from the verb manducare, from manduco ‘guzzler’, from mandere ‘to chew’.
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