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ruminant

noun ru·mi·nant \ ˈrü-mə-nənt \

Definition of ruminant

:a ruminant mammal

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First Known Use of ruminant

1661

Other Mammals Terms


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ruminant

adjective

Definition of ruminant

1 a (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

ruminantly

adverb

Examples of ruminant in a Sentence

  1. I wandered around campus all day in a ruminant mood.

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First Known Use of ruminant

1610

Other Mammals Terms


RUMINANT Defined for English Language Learners

ruminant

noun

Definition of ruminant for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

ruminant

noun ru·mi·nant \ ˈrü-mə-nənt \

Definition of ruminant for Students

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

ruminant

adjective
  • ruminant animals

Medical Dictionary

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ruminant

noun ru·mi·nant \ ˈrü-mə-nənt \

medical Definition of ruminant

:a ruminant mammal

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ruminant

adjective

medical Definition of ruminant

: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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