a mouthful of previously swallowed food regurgitated from the first two chambers of the stomach of cattle and other ruminants back to the mouth, where it is chewed slowly a second time
Origin of cudMiddle English from Old English cudu, cwudu, ball of cud, literally , what is rounded from Indo-European base an unverified form gwet-, resin, gum from source German kitt, cement, glue
chew the cud
to recall and think over something; ruminate; ponder
- Food regurgitated from the first stomach to the mouth of a ruminant and chewed again.
- Something held in the mouth and chewed, such as a plug of tobacco.
Origin of cudMiddle English from Old English cudu
(countable and uncountable, plural cuds)