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Ruminant   /rˈumənənt/   Listen
Ruminant

adjective
1.
Related to or characteristic of animals of the suborder Ruminantia or any other animal that chews a cud.



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"Ruminant" Quotes from Famous Books



... man was undoubtedly the Nova Scotian mate of the Thames, the man who had dissuaded me from following Carlos on the day we sailed into Kingston Harbour. He was chewing a toothpick, and at the ruminant motion of his knife-jaws I seemed to see him, sitting naked to the waist in his bunk, instead of upright there in red trousers and a blue shirt—an immense lank-length of each. I pieced his history together in a sort of flash. He was the true ...
— Romance • Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

... unwashed leggins delight their simple souls with cries of 'twenty-one days.' New goats have sprung up to take your place in the life of the camp and belittle your past achievements, but to me, O unregenerate goat, you shall ever remain a refreshing memory. Good butting, O excellent ruminant, wherever thou should chance to be. I ...
— Biltmore Oswald - The Diary of a Hapless Recruit • J. Thorne Smith, Jr.

... reaching a maximum in ruminating forms. In the Suidae a cardiac diverticulum is partly constricted from the general cavity, forming an incipient condition of the rumen of true ruminants; the general cavity of the stomach shows an approach to the ruminant condition by the different characters of the lining wall in different areas. In the chevrotains, which in many other respects show conditions intermediate between nonruminant artiodactyles and true ruminants, the oesophagus opens into a wide cardiac portion, incompletely divided into four chambers. ...
— Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia

... underneath that English word means to mutter, as though a man were repeating something over and over again, as he turned it over in his mind. We have another word, with the same meaning, not much used now—ruminate. We call the cow a ruminant because she chews the cud. She will spend hours chewing the cud, and then give us the rich milk and cream and butter which she has extracted from her food. That is the word here—ruminate. Chew the cud, if you would get the ...
— Quiet Talks on Prayer • S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon

... The form of a universal proposition is then offered as evidence, when in fact the evidence has not been universally ascertained. But if in urging that 'all ruminants are herbivorous' no more is meant than that so many other ruminants of different species are known to be herbivorous, and that the ruminant stomach is so well adapted to a coarse vegetable diet, that the same habit may be expected in other ruminants, such as camels, the argument then rests upon material evidence without unfairly implying the case in question. Now the nature of the material ...
— Logic - Deductive and Inductive • Carveth Read



Words linked to "Ruminant" :   psalterium, mouse deer, giraffe, nonruminant, cervid, suborder Ruminantia, ruminate, third stomach, first stomach, predigest, pronghorn, reticulum, rumen, pollard, Antilocapra americana, abomasum, prongbuck, omasum, even-toed ungulate, artiodactyl, artiodactyl mammal, fourth stomach, second stomach, chevrotain, Giraffa camelopardalis, Ruminantia, camelopard, bovid, deer, American antelope, pronghorn antelope



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