Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Food regurgitated from the first stomach to the mouth of a ruminant and chewed again.
  • noun Something held in the mouth and chewed, such as a plug of tobacco.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A portion of food voluntarily forced into the mouth from the first stomach by a ruminating animal, and leisurely chewed a second time. See ruminate, rumination.
  • noun A quid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That portion of food which is brought up into the mouth by ruminating animals from their first stomach, to be chewed a second time.
  • noun Low A portion of tobacco held in the mouth and chewed; a quid.
  • noun The first stomach of ruminating beasts.
  • noun to ruminate; to meditate; used with of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The portion of food which is brought back into the mouth by ruminating animals from their first stomach, to be chewed a second time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wad of something chewable as tobacco
  • noun food of a ruminant regurgitated to be chewed again

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English cudu.]

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From Old English cudu, earlier cwidu, of Proto-Indo-European origin. Cognate with German Kitt and Sanskrit जतु (jatu, "lac, gum").

Examples

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  • "No longer is Leopold, as he sits there, ruminating, chewing the cud of reminiscence ..."

    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 21, 2007

  • In coinmaking, an area of a coin struck by a die that has a complete break across part of its surface. May be either "retained," in which the faulty piece of the die is still in place, or "full," in which the piece of the die has fallen away. Retained cuds usually have dentil detail if on the edge; full cuds do not.

    April 21, 2008