|1.||any artiodactyl mammal of the suborder Ruminantia, the members of which chew the cud and have a stomach of four compartments, one of which is the rumen. The group includes deer, antelopes, cattle, sheep, and goats|
|2.||any other animal that chews the cud, such as a camel|
|3.||of, relating to, or belonging to the suborder Ruminantia|
|4.||(of members of this suborder and related animals, such as camels) chewing the cud; ruminating|
|5.||meditating or contemplating in a slow quiet way|
ruminant ru·mi·nant (rōō'mə-nənt)
Any of various hoofed, even-toed, usually horned mammals of the suborder Ruminantia, such as cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and giraffes, characteristically having a stomach divided into four compartments and chewing a cud consisting of regurgitated, partially digested food.
|ruminant (r'mə-nənt) Pronunciation Key
Any of various even-toed hoofed mammals of the suborder Ruminantia. Ruminants usually have a stomach divided into four compartments (called the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum), and chew a cud consisting of regurgitated, partially digested food. Ruminants include cattle, sheep, goats, deer, giraffes, antelopes, and camels.