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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cuds
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  • And while the cows were being milked, they ate the meal and chewed their cuds.

    The Sandman: His Farm Stories William J. Hopkins
  • The rest of the herd were contentedly chewing their cuds in the moonlight, grunting and blowing over contented stomachs.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • The cattle also seemed to feel the heat and were hunting patches of shade, lying down to chew their cuds contentedly.

  • The camels were at rest, some chewing their cuds, others asleep, their necks stretched full length upon the warm earth.

  • Eight cows sauntered up interestedly and chewed their cuds at him in unison, standing contemplative, calculating, determined.

    The Seeker

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • On a narrow beach beneath, a group of cows were chewing their cuds in an atmosphere of refreshing coolness.

  • The docile, uncouth, buff-colored beasts were soberly chewing their cuds, and resting after their long and weary journey.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
  • They, if they have been well grazed and watered, will soon all be lying resting, chewing their cuds and at peace with the world.

  • They were more than likely to stand and chew their cuds and look out upon the world with vacant stares and say nothing.

    The Tale of Pony Twinkleheels

    Arthur Scott Bailey
  • While he told them what the bays had said to him they chewed their cuds and listened with a dreamy look in their great, mild eyes.

    The Tale of Pony Twinkleheels

    Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for cuds


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 cuds



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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cuds 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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