ruminant

Use the word ruminant for any cud-chewing animal, like a cow or a camel.

A ruminant is a mammal with hooves and a complicated system of stomach compartments whose digestion works by chewing partly digested food a second time in order to soften it. Cows, moose, giraffes, and goats are all ruminants. The Latin meaning of ruminant is literally "chewing over again" or "chewing the cud." A similar word is ruminate, which comes from the same root and means "think deeply about something."

Definitions of ruminant
  1. noun
    any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
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    pollard
    a usually horned animal that has either shed its horns or had them removed
    bovid
    hollow-horned ruminants
    American antelope, Antilocapra americana, prongbuck, pronghorn, pronghorn antelope
    fleet antelope-like ruminant of western North American plains with small branched horns
    cervid, deer
    distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
    chevrotain, mouse deer
    very small hornless deer-like ruminant of tropical Asia and west Africa
    Giraffa camelopardalis, camelopard, giraffe
    tallest living quadruped; having a spotted coat and small horns and very long neck and legs; of savannahs of tropical Africa
    bovine
    any of various members of the genus Bos
    Old World buffalo, buffalo
    any of several Old World animals resembling oxen including, e.g., water buffalo; Cape buffalo
    bison
    any of several large humped bovids having shaggy manes and large heads and short horns
    Ovibos moschatus, musk ox, musk sheep
    large shaggy-coated bovid mammal of Canada and Greenland; intermediate in size and anatomy between an ox and a sheep
    sheep
    woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
    wild sheep
    undomesticated sheep
    caprine animal, goat
    any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns
    goat antelope
    bovid related to goats but having antelope-like features: mountain goats; gorals; serows; chamois; gnu goats
    antelope
    graceful Old World ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward and backward; includes gazelles; springboks; impalas; addax; gerenuks; blackbucks; dik-diks
    Pseudoryx nghetinhensis, forest goat, spindle horn
    cow-like creature with the glossy coat of a horse and the agility of a goat and the long horns of an antelope; characterized as a cow that lives the life of a goat
    pricket
    male deer in his second year
    fawn
    a young deer
    American elk, Cervus elaphus, elk, red deer, wapiti
    common deer of temperate Europe and Asia
    Cervus unicolor, sambar, sambur
    a deer of southern Asia with antlers that have three tines
    American elk, Cervus elaphus canadensis, elk, wapiti
    large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male
    Cervus nipon, Cervus sika, Japanese deer, sika
    small deer of Japan with slightly forked antlers
    Odocoileus Virginianus, Virginia deer, white tail, white-tailed deer, whitetail, whitetail deer
    common North American deer; tail has a white underside
    Odocoileus hemionus, burro deer, mule deer
    long-eared deer of western North America with two-pronged antlers
    Alces alces, European elk, elk, moose
    large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the male; called `elk' in Europe and `moose' in North America
    Dama dama, fallow deer
    small Eurasian deer
    Capreolus capreolus, roe deer
    small graceful deer of Eurasian woodlands having small forked antlers
    Greenland caribou, Rangifer tarandus, caribou, reindeer
    Arctic deer with large antlers in both sexes; called `reindeer' in Eurasia and `caribou' in North America
    brocket
    small South American deer with unbranched antlers
    barking deer, muntjac
    small Asian deer with small antlers and a cry like a bark
    Moschus moschiferus, musk deer
    small heavy-limbed upland deer of central Asia; male secretes valued musk
    Elaphurus davidianus, elaphure, pere david's deer
    large Chinese deer surviving only in domesticated herds
    Tragulus kanchil, kanchil
    small chevrotain of southeastern Asia
    Tragulus Javanicus, napu
    chevrotain somewhat larger than the kanchil; found in India and Malaya
    Hyemoschus aquaticus, water chevrotain, water deer
    largest chevrotain; of marshy areas of west Africa
    Okapia johnstoni, okapi
    similar to the giraffe but smaller with much shorter neck and stripe on the legs
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    artiodactyl, artiodactyl mammal, even-toed ungulate
    placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each foot
  2. adjective
    related to or characteristic of animals of the suborder Ruminantia or any other animal that chews a cud
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    Antonyms:
    nonruminant
    not ruminant
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