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Ruminate

(3 syl.). To think, to meditate upon some subject; properly, “to chew the cud” (Latin, rumino).

“To chew the cud of sweet and bitter fancy.”

Milton.

“On a flowery bank he chews the cud.” —Dryden.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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