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ruminant

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noun ru·mi·nant \ˈrü-mə-nənt\

Simple Definition of ruminant

  • : an animal (such as a cow or sheep) that has more than one stomach and that swallows food and then brings it back up again to continue chewing it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ruminant

  1. :  a ruminant mammal

1661

First Known Use of ruminant

1661

Other Mammals Terms


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ruminant

adjective ru·mi·nant

Definition of ruminant

  1. 1 a (1) :  chewing the cud (2) :  characterized by chewing again what has been swallowed b :  of or relating to two suborders (Ruminantia and Tylopoda) of herbivorous even-toed hoofed mammals (as sheep, oxen, deer, and camels) that chew the cud and have a complex 3- or 4-chambered stomach

  2. 2 :  given to or engaged in contemplation :  meditative <stood there … in this attitude of ruminant relish — Thomas Wolfe>

ruminantly adverb



RUMINANT Defined for Kids

ruminant

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noun ru·mi·nant \ˈrü-mə-nənt\

Definition of ruminant for Students

  1. :  a hoofed animal (as a cow or sheep) that chews its cud and has a stomach with usually four chambers

ruminant adjective <ruminant animals>



Medical Dictionary

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ruminant

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noun ru·mi·nant \ˈrü-mə-nənt\

Medical Definition of ruminant

  1. :  a ruminant mammal




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ruminant

adjective ru·mi·nant

Medical Definition of ruminant

  1. :  of or relating to two suborders (Ruminantia and Tylopoda) of even-toed hoofed mammals (as sheep, oxen, deer, and camels) that chew the cud and have a complex 3- or 4-chambered stomach





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