Ruminant Definition

ro͝omə-nənt
noun
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.
Webster's New World
Any of various animals that ruminate but are not in the Ruminantia, including camels, alpacas, and llamas.
American Heritage Medicine
adjective
Chewing the cud.
Webster's New World
Of or belonging to the Ruminantia.
American Heritage Medicine
Of the cud-chewing animals.
Webster's New World
Meditative; thoughtful.
Webster's New World

Pondering; ruminative.

Wiktionary
Antonyms:
nonruminant
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Other Word Forms of Ruminant

Noun

Singular:
ruminant
Plural:
ruminants

Origin of Ruminant

  • From Latin rūmināns rūminant- present participle of rūmināre to ruminate ruminate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin rumino, to chew the cud

    From Wiktionary

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