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Wednesday Word: Ruminant
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ruminant |ˈro͞omənənt| noun1 an even-toed ungulate mammal that chews the cud regurgitated from its rumen. The ruminants comprisethe cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes, and their relatives.
2 a contemplative person; a person given to meditation.

adjective
of or belonging to ruminants.

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin ruminant- chewing over again, from the verb ruminari, from rumen throat (see rumen) .

So if someone says "You're such a ruminant!" they're either calling you a sheep or a deep thinker. Perhaps all sheep are deep thinkers.


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