Definition of ruminant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈruːmɪnənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːmɪnənt//
(specialist) Wild mammals
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any animal that brings back food from its stomach and chews it again. Cows and sheep are both ruminants. See related entries: Wild mammals Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin ruminant- ‘chewing over again’, from the verb ruminari, from rumen ‘throat’.

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