• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ruminant related to or characteristic of animals of the suborder Ruminantia or any other animal that chews a cud "ruminant mammals"
    • n ruminant any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ruminant (Zoöl) A ruminant animal; one of the Ruminantia.
    • a Ruminant (Zoöl) Chewing the cud; characterized by chewing again what has been swallowed; of or pertaining to the Ruminantia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ruminant Ruminating; chewing the cud; belonging to the Ruminantia, or having their characters.
    • ruminant Hence, thoughtful; meditative; quiet.
    • n ruminant An animal that chews the cud; any member of the Ruminantia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ruminant rōō′mi-nant having the power of ruminating or chewing the cud—also Ru′minal
    • n Ruminant an animal that chews the cud, as the ox, &c
    • v.t Ruminant to chew over again: to muse on
    • adj Ruminant (bot.) appearing as if chewed, as in the nutmeg, &c
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  • Friedrich Schlegel
    “A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ruminans, -antis, p. pr.: cf. F. ruminant,. See Ruminate


In literature:

But there is nothing that fills up the gap between the ruminants and the pig tribe.
"Lectures and Essays" by Thomas Henry Huxley
He kept sighing and wrinkling his brows, as though in deep rumination on a matter far removed from the stumpage question.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
Good butting, O excellent ruminant, wherever thou should chance to be.
"Biltmore Oswald" by J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
After ruminating on it for some time, he communicated it to his squaw.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Lady Hartledon had dismissed her maid, and stood leaning against the arm of the sofa, indulging in bitter rumination.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The first potter ruminated and wondered.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
Above, the sky was very blue, and the ruminating silence was broken only by the honk-honk of a distant motor.
"The Halo" by Bettina von Hutten
Ruminate (to chew the cud) = remacxadi.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
But she was not ruminating physic.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
I leaned back against the cushions, ruminating.
"Hearts and Masks" by Harold MacGrath

In poetry:

Darkness crept slowly o'er the East!
Upon the Barn-roof watch'd the Cat;
Sweet breath'd the ruminating Beast
At rest where DOLLY musing sat.
"Dolly" by Robert Bloomfield
The lark went up, the mower whet his scythe,
On golden meads kine ruminating lay,
And all the world felt young again and blithe,
Just as to—day.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
He hears them breathing, softly, fearfully,
Honey-sweet ruminations, slow respired:
Then a sharp hiss breaks time and melody--
Spittle indrawn, old kisses new-desired.
"The Louse-Hunters" by Aldous Huxley
Abner. What meditation holds thee thus engaged,
O king! and keeps thine active spirit bound;
When busy war far other cares demands
Than ruminating thought and pale despair?
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Wild on the summit of the steep
She ruminated long the deep,
And felt her freezing blood;
Approaching feet she heard behind,
Then swifter than the winged wind
She plunged into the flood.
"Monimia. An Ode" by John Logan
It is good to know, now that the bell strikes noon.
In this day's sun, the hedges are Episcopalian
As noon is marked by the twelve iron beats.
The rector moves ruminantly among the gravestones,
And the sound of a dead Europe hangs in the streets.
"The Bell From Europe" by Weldon Kees

In news:

Owen's abstract ruminations harmonize with Purdum and Ramsburg's works.
Norman Mailer Ruminates On Literature and Life.
Behind the scenes at Food Engineering for the past year, we have conducted focus groups with readers, monitored the best business magazine designs in America and ruminated about how to improve the publication you are now holding.
I can't help but ruminate on other recent product recalls and contamination problems from leaky roofs, nasty things found in lettuce fields and bad batch mixing.
Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazaing Conference.
Apple devotees ruminate on half-decade since iPhone unveiling.
The rumination monitor actually records the number of minutes a cow is ruminating each day.
It's not every day you hear of a musical that's both a rumination on death and a.
The New York Neo-Futurists Ruminate "On the Future".
Cows and other ruminants can do things we just can't do.
While crude starch guidelines are helpful in formulating dairy rations , identifying ruminal starch digestibility delivers better insights for more informed decisions.
The plays in Almost An Evening ruminate on big topics — mortality, good and evil, and divinity.
Malaysian singer Yuna writes sweet ruminations on life and love that transcend all boundaries.
Bookending his second solo album with ruminations about hope, the Tribe Called Quest leader lays his eloquent flow over liquid arrangements shimmering with rhythmicfinesse.
Rhubarb ruminations By Christine Hutkin

In science:

However, one might argue, these ruminations seem to have parted far from the domain of the Ising model in 3D, 4D, or anything else.
Conjectures on exact solution of three - dimensional (3D) simple orthorhombic Ising lattices
Now, following [Ru], we will construct a map dR : ΩN (d)/I N (d) → K N +1(d) that connects the complexes (6.18) and (6.19), which we will call the Rumin map.
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K
Using the Rumin map dR , we can combine the two complexes (6.18) and (6.19).
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K
First, we show that the members of the Rumin complex (6.7) are csp ¯d-modules.
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K
Rumin, Formes diff´erentiel les sur les vari´et´es de contact, J.
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K