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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of ruminare, from rumen 'throat'

ruminate

verb
     
Related topics: Animals
ru‧mi‧nate [intransitive]
1 formal to think carefully and deeply about something
ruminate on/over
He sat alone, ruminating on the injustice of the world.
2 technicalHBA if animals such as cows ruminate, they bring food back into their mouths from their stomachs and chew it again
rumination noun [uncountable and countable]

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