rumen

[roo-min]
noun, plural rumina [roo-muh-nuh] .
the first stomach of ruminating animals, lying next to the reticulum.

Origin:
1720–30; < Latin rūmen throat, gullet

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rumen (ˈruːmɛn)
 
n , pl -mens, -mina
the first compartment of the stomach of ruminants, behind the reticulum, in which food is partly digested before being regurgitated as cud
 
[C18: from Latin: throat, gullet]

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rumen   (r'mən)  Pronunciation Key 
The first and largest division of the stomach in ruminant animals, in which the food is fermented by microorganisms. See more at ruminant.
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Example sentences
We have been breeding cellulosic crops for the rumen animal and have made no progress.
The excess of protein-nitrogen in the rumen decreases absorption of magnesium.
But parrots don't have a rumen, nor do they rely on bacteria for digestion.
Rumen microbes could be considered a cow's best friend.
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