What does ruminant mean?

Definitions for ruminantˈru mə nənt

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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

  3. Origin: [L. ruminans, -antis, p. pr.: cf. F. ruminant. See Ruminate.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ruminant

    rōō′mi-nant, adj. having the power of ruminating or chewing the cud—also Ru′minal.—n. an animal that chews the cud, as the ox, &c.—n.pl. Ruminan′tia, the even-toed or Artiodactyl Ungulates, which chew the cud—the Tragulidæ, often called musk-deer; the Cotylophora, including antelopes, sheep, goats, oxen, giraffes, deer; the Camelidæ, or camels and llamas.—adv. Ru′minantly.—v.i. Ru′mināte, to chew the cud: to meditate.—v.t. to chew over again: to muse on.—adj. (bot.) appearing as if chewed, as in the nutmeg, &c.—adv. Ru′minātingly.—n. Ruminā′tion, act of chewing the cud: calm reflection.—adj. Ru′minative, well-considered.—n. Ru′minātor. [L. rumināre, -ātumrumen, the gullet.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruminant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruminant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Martin Luther:

    At night always carry in your heart something from Holy Scriptures to bed with you, meditate upon it like a ruminant animal, and go softly to sleep; but this must not be too much, rather a little that may be well pondered and understood, that you may find a remnant of it in your mind when you rise in the morning.

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