plural noun

: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ruminantia was in 1807

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“Ruminantia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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