chew my cud

cud

[kuhd]
noun
1.
the portion of food that a ruminant returns from the first stomach to the mouth to chew a second time.
2.
Dialect, quid1.
Idioms
3.
chew one's/the cud, Informal. to meditate or ponder; ruminate.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English cudu, variant of cwiodu, cwidu; akin to Old High German quiti glue, Sanskrit jatu resin, gum. See quid1

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cud (kʌd)
 
n
1.  partially digested food regurgitated from the first stomach of cattle and other ruminants to the mouth for a second chewing
2.  chew the cud to reflect or think over something
 
[Old English cudu, from cwidu what has been chewed; related to Old Norse kvātha resin (for chewing), Old High German quiti glue, Sanskrit jatu rubber]

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cud
O.E. cudu "cud," earlier cwudu, from PIE base *gwet- "resin, gum."
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cud   (kŭd)  Pronunciation Key 
Food that has been partly digested and brought up from the first stomach to the mouth again for further chewing by ruminants, such as cattle and sheep.
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CUD
could (shortwave transmission)
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