the first stomach of a ruminant
Origin of rumenModern Latin from L, throat, gullet from Indo-European an unverified form reusmen, rumination, throat from source Sanskrit r?mantha
nounpl. ru·mi·na, or ru·mens
The first division of the stomach of a ruminant animal, in which most food collects immediately after being swallowed and from which it is later returned to the mouth as cud for thorough chewing. Also called paunch .
Origin of rumenLatin rūmen akin to Sanskrit romantha- ruminant, chewing the cud