cud

[ kuhd ]
/ kʌd /

noun

the portion of food that a ruminant returns from the first stomach to the mouth to chew a second time.
Dialect. quid1.

Idioms

    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
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British Dictionary definitions for cud

cud

/ (kʌd) /

noun

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 for cud

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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Science definitions for cud

cud

[ kŭd ]

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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