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1ruminant

noun ru·mi·nant \ˈrü-mə-nənt\

: 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

Full Definition of RUMINANT

:  a ruminant mammal

First Known Use of RUMINANT

1661

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

2ruminant

adjective

Definition of RUMINANT

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
:  given to or engaged in contemplation :  meditative <stood there … in this attitude of ruminant relish — Thomas Wolfe>
ru·mi·nant·ly adverb

Examples of RUMINANT

  1. <I wandered around campus all day in a ruminant mood.>

First Known Use of RUMINANT

1691

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

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