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”) (generally ruminis), 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.
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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, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- ruminate at OneLook Dictionary Search
- second-person plural present indicative of ruminare
- second-person plural imperative of ruminare
- Feminine plural of ruminato
- vocative masculine singular of rūminātus