plural noun Ru·mi·nan·tia \ˌrüməˈnanch(ē)ə\

Definition of Ruminantia

  1. :  a suborder of Artiodactyla comprising even-toed hoofed mammals (as sheep, giraffes, deer, and camels) that chew the cud and have a complex 3- or 4-chambered stomach — compare abomasum, omasum, reticulum, rumen — see pecora, tragulina, tylopoda

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Origin and Etymology of ruminantia

New Latin, from Latin ruminant-, ruminans (present participle of ruminare, ruminari) + New Latin -ia

First Known Use: 1807

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