An animal that chews the cud, material regurgitated from the rumen for rechewing; e.g., the sheep, cow, deer, or antelope.

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ru·mi·nant 'rü-mə-nənt n a ruminant mammal
ruminant adj of or relating to two suborders (Ruminantia and Tylopoda) of even-toed hoofed mammals (as sheep, oxen, deer, and camels) that chew the cud and have a complex 3- or 4-chambered stomach

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ru·mi·nant (rooґmĭ-nənt) 1. any of the suborder Ruminantia (order Artiodactyla), hoofed mammals that have four stomachs (the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum), through which the food passes in digestion. It includes cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and antelopes. 2. chewing the cud.

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