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Definition of "ruminant" [ru•mi•nant]

  • 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. (noun)
  • Characterized by the chewing of cud. (adjective)
  • Of or belonging to the Ruminantia. (adjective)
  • Meditative; contemplative. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ruminant" in a sentence
  • "It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another."
  • "If you want to subsist solely on weeds like some sort of bipedal ruminant, that is your right - go for it."
  • "When a cow eats infected tissue -- it's called the ruminant feed that they used to get this from -- it can take as much as eight years for that cow to start showing symptoms."