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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 chew v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chewed p. pr. & vb. n. Chewing.]
 1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate.
 2. To ruminate mentally; to meditate on.
    He chews revenge, abjuring his offense.   --Prior.
 To chew the cud, to chew the food over again, as a cow; to ruminate; hence, to meditate.
    Every beast the parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat.   --Deut. xxiv. 6.