Meaning of ruminant


Pronunciation: (r'mu-nunt), [key]
— n.
  1. any even-toed, hoofed mammal of the suborder Ruminantia, being comprised of cloven-hoofed, cud-chewing quadrupeds, and including, besides domestic cattle, bison, buffalo, deer, antelopes, giraffes, camels, and chevrotains.
  1. ruminating; chewing the cud.
  2. contemplative; meditative: a ruminant scholar.
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