- to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
- to meditate or muse; ponder.
- to chew again or over and over.
- to meditate on; ponder.
Origin of ruminate
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2. think, reflect.
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- (of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
- (when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
C16: from Latin rūmināre to chew the cud, from rumen
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Word Origin and History for ruminator
1530s, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1540s), from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminare "to chew the cud; turn over in the mind," from rumen (genitive ruminis) "gullet," of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating.
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