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[kuhd] /kʌd/
the portion of food that a ruminant returns from the first stomach to the mouth to chew a second time.
Dialect. quid1 .
chew one's / the cud, Informal. to meditate or ponder; ruminate.
Origin of cud
before 1000; Middle English; Old English cudu, variant of cwiodu, cwidu; akin to Old High German quiti glue, Sanskrit jatu resin, gum. See quid1 Unabridged
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  • Among these the sheep graze, the donkeys bray, and the cows chew the cud.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Naething ever onybody said cud gar me think different o' him!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • More than ever now my father chewed the cud of his great disappointment.

  • Chew you the cud of that until the hangman's coming in the morning.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • He had chewed the cud of his own virtue for too long a time, and it had given him a sour stomach.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • It had cost as near as she "cud reckon, 'bout two thousan' dollars."

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • If there be aught of memory in him, let him sit and chew the cud thereof.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • In a word, the gum-chewing Americans are trying to chew their cud as did their ancestors.

  • If they didn't, th' best they cud do was to say nawthin' about it.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War

    Finley Peter Dunne
British Dictionary definitions for cud


partially digested food regurgitated from the first stomach of cattle and other ruminants to the mouth for a second chewing
chew the cud, to reflect or think over something
Word Origin
Old English cudu, from cwidu what has been chewed; related to Old Norse kvātha resin (for chewing), Old High German quiti glue, Sanskrit jatu rubber
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Word Origin and History for cud

Old English cudu "cud," earlier cwudu, common Germanic (cf. Old Norse kvaða "resin," Old High German quiti "glue," German Kitt "putty"); perhaps from PIE root *gwet- "resin, gum."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cud in Science
Food that has been partly digested and brought up from the first stomach to the mouth again for further chewing by ruminants, such as cattle and sheep.
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