Origin of ruminant
Examples from the Web for ruminant
At all hours of the day the Muffet jaws, like the jaws of a ruminant, were steadily munching, munching.This Freedom|A. S. M. Hutchinson
With the dumb placidity of some ruminant, Avery was sitting in his same place on the platform of the emporium.
There is no broken glass, there are no painful bottoms of bottles to disturb my ruminant quiet.Nancy|Rhoda Broughton
From the same stratum, also, they drew up the lower half of the humerus of a ruminant, at first referred to a hyæna.Principles of Geology|Charles Lyell
Muffle, muf′l, n. the thick naked upper lip and nose, as of a ruminant.
1660s, from Latin ruminantem (nominative ruminans), present participle of ruminare "to chew the cud" (see ruminate). As an adjective from 1670s.