\ ˈkəd How to pronounce cud (audio) , chiefly Southern ˈku̇d or ˈküd \

Definition of cud

1 : food brought up into the mouth by a ruminating animal from its rumen to be chewed again

Examples of cud in a Sentence

a cow chewing its cud
Recent Examples on the Web The Divina Mosaica Tsavorite watch is crafted in 18-karat white gold and is set with 282 brilliant-cud diamonds on the dial and the lugs, and with 262 tsavorites. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Much of that is enteric methane, which is produced when cud-chewing animals like cows digest their food. Fortune, 2 June 2021 On a steady platform, their research concluded, heifers likely won't spew their cud. Laura Mallonee, Wired, 18 Feb. 2020 Did the ox clack its hooves together, or chew its cud rhythmically? Dave Barry, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Dec. 2019 Like cows, buffalo chew cud to further extract nutrients. Kylie Mohr, National Geographic, 9 Nov. 2019 So grateful to have a chance to chew this cud with you. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 17 Dec. 2016 In addition to the most dangerous animals in the Western Hemisphere, the Mountaineer Museum at 143 Clay St. featured mountain lions, eagles and two elk, which chewed their cud in an open stall near the front of the room. Gary Kamiya,, 7 July 2018 His system, unlike Ida, doesn't track cud-chewing or use AI to tell him which cows to watch or what to do. Drew Harwell,, 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cud

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cud

Middle English cudde, from Old English cwudu; akin to Old High German kuti glue, Sanskrit jatu gum

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“Cud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of cud

: the food that an animal (such as a cow) brings back up from its stomach into its mouth to be chewed again


\ ˈkəd How to pronounce cud (audio) \

Kids Definition of cud

: a portion of food brought up from the first stomach compartment of some animals (as the cow and sheep) to be chewed again


\ ˈkəd, ˈku̇d How to pronounce cud (audio) \

Medical Definition of cud

: food brought up into the mouth by a ruminating animal from its first stomach to be chewed again

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