ruminant

noun
ru·​mi·​nant | \ˈrü-mə-nənt \

Definition of ruminant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a ruminant mammal

ruminant

adjective

Definition of ruminant (Entry 2 of 2)

1a(1) : chewing the cud

(2) : characterized by chewing again what has been swallowed

b : of or relating to two suborders (Ruminantia and Tylopoda) of herbivorous even-toed hoofed mammals (such as sheep, oxen, deer, and camels) that chew the cud and have a complex 3- or 4-chambered stomach

2 : given to or engaged in contemplation : meditative stood there … in this attitude of ruminant relish— Thomas Wolfe

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Other Words from ruminant

Adjective

ruminantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for ruminant

Synonyms: Adjective

broody, cogitative, contemplative, meditative, melancholy, musing, pensive, reflective, ruminative, thoughtful

Antonyms: Adjective

unreflective

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Examples of ruminant in a Sentence

Adjective

I wandered around campus all day in a ruminant mood.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bluetongue virus, a ruminant virus spread by midges that was once confined to tropical areas, has reached as far as Norway. Mariette Dichristina, Scientific American, "Our Planet, Ourselves: How Climate Change Results in Emerging Diseases," 1 May 2018 This revealed phytanic acid (frequently found in the fat and milk of ruminants), azelaic acid (common in wholegrain cereals) and gamma-terpinene (typically found in herbs like coriander). The Economist, "A mummy’s final meal adds to an ancient mystery," 12 July 2018 The bacteria live in the intestines of cows, pigs and other ruminants. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "E. coli outbreak warning expands to all romaine lettuce," 20 Apr. 2018 The bacteria live in the intestines of cows, pigs and other ruminants. Lena H. Sun, Philly.com, "E. coli outbreak warning expands to all romaine lettuce," 20 Apr. 2018 The bacteria live in the intestines of cows, pigs and other ruminants. Washington Post, "Latest E. coli outbreak warning expands to all romaine lettuce," 20 Apr. 2018 The bacteria live in the intestines of cows, pigs and other ruminants. Lena H. Sun, chicagotribune.com, "E. coli outbreak warning expands to all romaine lettuce," 20 Apr. 2018 If the ruminants move like wild buffalo, in dense herds, never staying in one place for too long, the land benefits from the momentary disturbance. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018 Although geological processes can produce methane, without any need for life, most methane on Earth comes from microbes that live in landfill sites and in the guts of ruminants. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Earth-sized alien worlds are out there. Now, astronomers are figuring out how to detect life on them," 1 Nov. 2017

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Some trans fats occur naturally in dairy foods and meat from ruminant animals. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Health officials launch ambitious plan to rid the world of trans fats," 15 May 2018 Consider the numbers: India is home to more than 280 million cows, and 200 million more ruminant animals like sheep, goats, yaks and buffalo. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "India’s Answer to Global Warming: Cows That Belch Less," 3 May 2016

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First Known Use of ruminant

Noun

1661, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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ruminant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ruminant

: an animal (such as a cow or sheep) that has more than one stomach and that swallows food and then brings it back up again to continue chewing it

ruminant

noun
ru·​mi·​nant | \ˈrü-mə-nənt \

Kids Definition of ruminant

: a hoofed animal (as a cow or sheep) that chews its cud and has a stomach with usually four chambers

Other Words from ruminant

ruminant adjective ruminant animals

ruminant

noun
ru·​mi·​nant | \ˈrü-mə-nənt \

Medical Definition of ruminant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a ruminant mammal

ruminant

adjective

Medical Definition of ruminant (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to two suborders (Ruminantia and Tylopoda) of even-toed hoofed mammals (as sheep, oxen, deer, and camels) that chew the cud and have a complex 3- or 4-chambered stomach

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