from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- adj. Characterized by the chewing of cud.
- adj. Of or belonging to the Ruminantia.
- adj. Meditative; contemplative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Chewing cud.
- n. An artiodactyl ungulate mammal which chews cud, such as a cow or deer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Chewing the cud; characterized by chewing again what has been swallowed; of or pertaining to the Ruminantia.
- n. A ruminant animal; one of the Ruminantia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ruminating; chewing the cud; belonging to the Ruminantia, or having their characters.
- Hence, thoughtful; meditative; quiet.
- n. An animal that chews the cud; any member of the Ruminantia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
- adj. related to or characteristic of animals of the suborder Ruminantia or any other animal that chews a cud
From Latin rūmināns, rūminant-, present participle of rūmināre, to ruminate; see ruminate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin rumino, to chew the cud (Wiktionary)