- chewing the cud
- of the cud-chewing animals
- meditative; thoughtful
Origin of ruminantClassical Latin ruminans, present participle of Classical Latin ruminare, to ruminate ; from rumen, rumen
any of the suborders (Ruminantia and Tylopoda) of four-footed, cud-chewing artiodactylous mammals: cattle, buffalo, goat, deer, antelope, and giraffe have a stomach with four chambers (the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum) and the camel, llama, and chevrotain have a stomach with three chambers
- Any of various hoofed, even-toed, usually horned mammals of the suborder Ruminantia, such as cattle, sheep, deer, antelopes, and giraffes, characteristically having a stomach divided into four compartments and chewing a cud that consists of plant food that is regurgitated when partially digested.
- Any of various animals that ruminate but are not in the Ruminantia, including camels, alpacas, and llamas.
- Characterized by the chewing of cud.
- Of or belonging to the Ruminantia.
- Meditative; contemplative.
Origin of ruminantFrom Latin r&umacron;minans, r&umacron;minant-, present participle of r&umacron;minare, to ruminate; see ruminate.
Latin rumino, to chew the cud