Etymology
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ruminant (n.)

"animal that chews the cud," 1660s, from Latin ruminantem (nominative ruminans), present participle of ruminare "to chew the cud" (see ruminate). As an adjective from 1670s, "ruminating, chewing the cud."

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Definitions of ruminant
1
ruminant (n.)
any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments;
2
ruminant (adj.)
related to or characteristic of animals of the suborder Ruminantia or any other animal that chews a cud;
ruminant mammals
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