British pronunciation/ɹˈuːmɪnənt/
American pronunciation/ˈɹumənənt/

a quadruped mammal that is herbivorous and has a complex digestive system from which it can bring the food back to its mouth and chew it again

What is "ruminant"?


Ruminant refers to a type of mammal that is characterized by its four-chambered stomach and its ability to regurgitate and re-chew partially digested food, also known as "cud". Ruminants include animals such as cows, sheep, goats, deer, and giraffes. These animals have a unique digestive system that allows them to extract nutrients from tough, fibrous plant material that would be otherwise difficult to digest. They also have a symbiotic relationship with microorganisms in their stomachs that help to break down and ferment their food. Ruminants are important in agriculture as a source of meat, dairy products, and other by-products, and they play a significant role in many ecosystems as grazers and browsers.


describing an animal that has a stomach with four compartments and chews cud as part of its digestion process

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