Definition of rudiment
1 : a basic principle or element or a fundamental skill —usually used in plural teaching themselves the rudiments of rational government — G. B. Galanti
2a : something unformed or undeveloped : beginning —usually used in plural the rudiments of a planb (1) : a body part so deficient in size or structure as to be entirely unable to perform its normal function (2) : an organ just beginning to develop : anlage
rudimentalplay \ˌrü-də-ˈmen-təl\ adjective
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Last but definitely not least, the Baby Food Diet does not teach adults the essential rudiments of a healthy diet.
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Origin and Etymology of rudiment
Latin rudimentum beginning, from rudis raw, rude
First Known Use: 1534
RUDIMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of rudiment for Students
: a basic principle
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