\ 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

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So grateful to have a chance to chew this cud with you. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Read the "Weird" Email Conversation Between Margaret Cho and Tilda Swinton," 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,, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 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,, "'Cow Fitbits' and artificial intelligence are coming to the dairy farm, but some farmers aren't impressed," 5 Apr. 2018 Not infrequently, giraffes looking at us would lick their lips with their 18-inch tongues—not in any expressive way, just as a byproduct of cud-chewing. Alex Shoumatoff, Smithsonian, "To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Out," 29 Mar. 2017 That was when his team showed that BovB in cows and other cud-chewing mammals is most similar to the versions in pythons and vipers—and likely descended from them. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How a Quarter of Cow DNA Came From Reptiles," 13 Oct. 2017 For now, the sheep and ram are lying in the Hannahs' fenced backyard, chewing their cud. Kelsey Lindsey, Alaska Dispatch News, "South Anchorage residents wake up to find sheep in their yard," 6 Sep. 2017 Each cow drinks about a bathtub full of water per day, and eats about 40 pounds of feed, chewing its cud an average of 40,000 times a day. Cliff Pinckard,, "Trump dictated son's statement on Russia meeting: A.M. News Links," 1 Aug. 2017 Cows chewed the cud, unfazed by our bike in their zone. Marlise Kast-myers,, "Long haul to Alaska," 20 July 2017

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

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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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