Definitions for ruminantˈru mə nənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ru•mi•nantˈru mə nənt(n.)

  1. any even-toed ungulate of the suborder Ruminantia, characterized by cud-chewing and a three- or four-chambered stomach for digesting food rich in cellulose: includes cows, sheep, goats, deer, giraffes, and camels.

    Category: Zoology

  2. (adj.)ruminating; chewing the cud.

    Category: Zoology

  3. contemplative; meditative:

    a ruminant scholar.

Origin of ruminant:

1655–65; < L rūminant-, s. of rūmināns, prp. of rūminārī, rūmināre to chew cud, meditate, der. of rūmenrumen ; see -ant


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruminant(adj)

    any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments

  2. ruminant(adj)

    related to or characteristic of animals of the suborder Ruminantia or any other animal that chews a cud

    "ruminant mammals"


  1. ruminant(Noun)

    An artiodactyl ungulate mammal which chews cud, such as a cow or deer.

  2. ruminant(Adjective)

    Chewing cud.

  3. Origin: rumino, to chew the cud

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruminant(adj)

    chewing the cud; characterized by chewing again what has been swallowed; of or pertaining to the Ruminantia

  2. Ruminant(noun)

    a ruminant animal; one of the Ruminantia


  1. Ruminant

    A ruminant is a mammal that digests plant-based food by initially softening it within the animal's first compartment of the stomach, principally through bacterial actions, then regurgitating the semi-digested mass, now known as cud, and chewing it again. The process of rechewing the cud to further break down plant matter and stimulate digestion is called "ruminating". There are about 150 species of ruminants which include both domestic and wild species. Ruminating mammals include cattle, goats, sheep, giraffes, yaks, deer, camels, llamas, antelope, some macropods. Taxonomically, the suborder Ruminantia includes many of those species except the tylopods, monkeys, and marsupials. Therefore, the term 'ruminant' is not synonymous with Ruminantia. The word "ruminant" comes from the Latin ruminare, which means "to chew over again".


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