Definition of Ruminant

1. Noun. Any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments.




2. Adjective. Related to or characteristic of animals of the suborder Ruminantia or any other animal that chews a cud. "Ruminant mammals"
Antonyms: Nonruminant
Partainyms: Ruminantia
Derivative terms: Ruminate

Definition of Ruminant

1. a. Chewing the cud; characterized by chewing again what has been swallowed; of or pertaining to the Ruminantia.

2. n. A ruminant animal; one of the Ruminantia.

Definition of Ruminant

1. Adjective. Chewing cud. ¹

2. Noun. An artiodactyl ungulate mammal which chews cud, such as a cow or deer. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ruminant

1. a hoofed, even-toed mammal [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ruminant

1. Chewing the cud; characterised by chewing again what has been swallowed; of or pertaining to the Ruminantia. Origin: L. Ruminans, -antis, p.pr., cf. F. Ruminant. See Ruminate. A ruminant animal; one of the Ruminantia. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ruminant

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Literary usage of Ruminant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics (1888)
"In none of these investigations has the ruminant been used as the experimental animal. During the past few years, however, increasing interest has been ..."

2. Journal of Anatomy and Physiology (1868)
"COMPARATIVE Physiologists, in treating of the ruminant stomach, lay great stress on the early development of the fourth or true stomach. ..."

3. The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal (1833)
"Vomiting in ruminant Animals.—M. Flourens lately read to the French Academy a paper entitled, " Experiments regarding the action of Tartar Emetic on ..."

4. The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal (1837)
"That it was a ruminant, its teeth and horns clearly establish ; and the structure which we have inferred of the upper lip, its being a proboscis, ..."

5. Systematic Theology: A Compendium and Commonplace-book Designed for the Use by Augustus Hopkins Strong (1907)
"... bestial — which led Cuvier to remark that the adversary could not devour, because borne and hoofs indicated not a carnivorous but a ruminant quadruped. ..."

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