ruminant

noun
ru·​mi·​nant | \ ˈrü-mə-nənt How to pronounce ruminant (audio) \

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

One animal was found dead at the Rocking Horse Ranch Day Care’s corral — a quarter-acre spread for the original 10 ruminants — when a ranch hand found two strange dogs on a front porch at the property about 6:30 a.m. July 17. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "Five alpacas dead after mauling by two pit bulls in Santa Cruz County," 23 July 2019 In the days of still-expensive sequencing, more exotic ruminants weren’t exactly a high priority. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes," 20 June 2019 The study started when scientists in China and their colleagues abroad sequenced the genomes of 44 ruminants, including cows, deer, giraffes, pronghorn sheep, and other mammals that have complex stomachs for digesting plants. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Cancer genes help deer antlers grow," 20 June 2019 Peste des petits ruminants struck a lamb-fattening unit in Israel. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Apr. 2019 Animal agriculture is responsible for about 15 percent of greenhouse gases, mostly from enteric methane burped up by ruminants like cattle and goats. Tamar Haspel, Vox, "Lab-grown meat and the fight over what it can be called, explained," 31 Aug. 2018 Red meat and healthy whole grains Chemically, the remnants of Ötzi’s partially digested meal contained a compound called phytanic acid, which is a hallmark of fat or dairy products from ruminants like cattle, deer, and goats. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal shows how Copper Age people ate on the run," 13 July 2018 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

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Since 1961, methane emissions from ruminant livestock, which include cows as well as sheep, buffalo, and goats, have significantly increased, according to the report. Christopher Flavelle, BostonGlobe.com, "Climate change threatens the world’s food supply, United Nations warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Since 1961 methane emissions from ruminant livestock, which include cows as well as sheep, buffalo and goats, have significantly increased, according to the report. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, "Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Thus began Yang’s ten-year diversion into the world of ruminant biology. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes," 20 June 2019 The global demand for ruminant meat, meaning beef, sheep and goat, is expected to be even higher, at 88%. Jen Christensen, CNN, "To help save the planet, cut back to a hamburger and a half per week," 17 July 2019 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

technical : 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 How to pronounce ruminant (audio) \

Kids Definition of ruminant

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

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ruminant adjective ruminant animals

ruminant

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ru·​mi·​nant | \ ˈrü-mə-nənt How to pronounce ruminant (audio) \

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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