1533, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1547), from Latin rūminātus, past participle of rūmināre (“to chew the cud, turn over in the mind”), from rūmen (“the throat, gullet”), of uncertain origin.
- (intransitive) To chew cud. (Said of ruminants.) Involves regurgitating partially digested food from the rumen.
- A camel will ruminate just as a cow will.
- (intransitive) To meditate or reflect.
- I didn't answer right away because I needed to ruminate first.
- (transitive) To meditate or ponder over; to muse on.
- What I know / Is ruminated, plotted, and set down.
- Mad with desire, she ruminates her sin.
to chew cud
ruminate (not comparable)
- (botany) Having a hard albumen penetrated by irregular channels filled with softer matter, as the nutmeg and the seeds of the North American papaw.
- a ruminate endosperm
- ruminate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- ruminate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
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