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Origin of rumen

First recorded in 1720–30, rumen is from the Latin word rūmen throat, gullet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for rumen

food, chew, rumen, bolus, quid

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British Dictionary definitions for rumen


noun plural -mens or -mina (-mɪnə)
  1. the first compartment of the stomach of ruminants, behind the reticulum, in which food is partly digested before being regurgitated as cud

Word Origin for rumen

C18: from Latin: throat, gullet
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Word Origin and History for rumen

"first stomach of a ruminant," 1728, from Latin rumen "the throat," of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rumen in Science


  1. The first and largest division of the stomach in ruminant animals, in which the food is fermented by microorganisms. See more at ruminant.
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