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cud

[kuhd]
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noun
  1. the portion of food that a ruminant returns from the first stomach to the mouth to chew a second time.
  2. Dialect. quid1.
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Idioms
  1. chew one's/the cud, Informal. to meditate or ponder; ruminate.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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 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


British Dictionary definitions for cuds

cud

noun
  1. partially digested food regurgitated from the first stomach of cattle and other ruminants to the mouth for a second chewing
  2. chew the cud to reflect or think over something
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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

cud

n.

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."

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cuds in Science

cud

[kŭd]
  1. 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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