- any even-toed, hoofed mammal of the suborder Ruminantia, being comprised of cloven-hoofed, cud-chewing quadrupeds, and including, besides domestic cattle, bison, buffalo, deer, antelopes, giraffes, camels, and chevrotains.
- ruminating; chewing the cud.
- contemplative; meditative: a ruminant scholar.
Origin of ruminant
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Examples from the Web for ruminant
And, contrariwise, there is tripe—“the stomach of the ox or of some other ruminant.”A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
It is a ruminant, or an animal which has three or four stomachs.Adventures of a Young Naturalist
While they were talking, William Sanders came up, chewing like a ruminant.Justin Wingate, Ranchman
John H. Whitson
I believe that no other ruminant is harder to kill outright.The Philippines Past and Present (Volume 2 of 2)
Dean Conant Worcester
This is the paunch, or first portion of the ruminant stomach of the ox.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- any artiodactyl mammal of the suborder Ruminantia, the members of which chew the cud and have a stomach of four compartments, one of which is the rumen. The group includes deer, antelopes, cattle, sheep, and goats
- any other animal that chews the cud, such as a camel
- of, relating to, or belonging to the suborder Ruminantia
- (of members of this suborder and related animals, such as camels) chewing the cud; ruminating
- meditating or contemplating in a slow quiet way
Word Origin and History for ruminant
1660s, from Latin ruminantem (nominative ruminans), present participle of ruminare "to chew the cud" (see ruminate). As an adjective from 1670s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of various hoofed, even-toed, usually horned mammals of the suborder Ruminantia, such as cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and giraffes, characteristically having a stomach divided into four compartments and chewing a cud consisting of regurgitated, partially digested food.
- Any of various even-toed hoofed mammals of the suborder Ruminantia. Ruminants usually have a stomach divided into four compartments (called the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum), and chew a cud consisting of regurgitated, partially digested food. Ruminants include cattle, sheep, goats, deer, giraffes, antelopes, and camels.