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Friday, June 16, 2000

Definitions for ruminate

  1. To chew the cud; to chew again what has been slightly chewed and swallowed."Cattle free to ruminate." --Wordsworth.
  2. To think again and again; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to reflect.
  3. To chew over again.

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Citations for ruminate
They come, these scholars, in baseball hats clamped over bald pates or white hair, and polo shirts stretched over bellies more intimate with beer than situps, to ruminate on the game. Edward A. Gargan, New York Times
Her lyrics are less narratives than fragments of personal philosophy; she ruminates about the miserable ways people treat each other, and looks for comfort in her own solitude. Karen Schoemer, Newsweek
Origin of ruminate
1525-1535
Ruminate derives from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminari, to chew the cud, to ruminate, to chew over again, from rumen, rumin-, throat.