- 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
Examples from the Web for cuds
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.Chicken Little Jane on the Big John
Lily Munsell Ritchie
The camels were at rest, some chewing their cuds, others asleep, their necks stretched full length upon the warm earth.The Prince of India, Volume I
Eight cows sauntered up interestedly and chewed their cuds at him in unison, standing contemplative, calculating, determined.The Seeker
Harry Leon Wilson
- 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 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."
- 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.