Definition of ruminant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈro͞omənənt/


1An even-toed ungulate mammal that chews the cud regurgitated from its rumen. The ruminants comprise the cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes, and their relatives.
  • Suborder Ruminantia, order Artiodactyla: six families.
Example sentences
  • The giraffe is the biggest ruminant and the tallest mammal in the world.
  • In 2003, the United States exported approximately $7.5bn worth of beef, beef products, cattle and other ruminants and ruminant by-products.
  • In 1997 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency banned the feeding of recycled products from ruminant animals back to other ruminants, like cattle, sheep, goats, bison, elk or deer.
2A contemplative person; a person given to meditation.


Of or belonging to ruminants.
Example sentences
  • He was interested in improving digestive processes within the rumen, the first of the four stomachs of ruminant animals, where cellulose is broken down by bacteria.
  • Forage crops and native rangelands are vital to U.S. livestock interests, since they're the main feed staple of all ruminant animals tied to the meat and dairy industries.
  • Groups of ruminant steers had settled down in the shade of old oaks.


Mid 17th century: from Latin ruminant- 'chewing over again', from the verb ruminari, from rumen 'throat' (see rumen).

Words that rhyme with ruminant


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Syllabification: ru·mi·nant

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