ˈkəd How to pronounce cud (audio)
 chiefly Southern  ˈku̇d,
 or  ˈküd
: food brought up into the mouth by a ruminating animal from its rumen to be chewed again

Example Sentences

a cow chewing its cud
Recent Examples on the Web The snouts of cud-chewing mammals come in a glorious variety of shapes. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 1 Apr. 2016 The machine’s calmly rotating auger is reminiscent of a cow’s consistent cud chewing. The Hunger Coalition, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Seamus Heaney once characterized the Irish novelist John McGahern as a ruminant, given to chewing the cud. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, 4 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of cud was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈkəd How to pronounce cud (audio)
: food brought up into the mouth by some animals (as a cow) from the rumen to be chewed again

Medical Definition

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

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