1. The act or process of ruminating, or chewing the cud; the habit of chewing the cud. "Rumination is given to animals to enable them at once to lay up a great store of food, and afterward to chew it." (Arbuthnot)

2. The state of being disposed to ruminate or ponder; deliberate meditation or reflection. "Retiring full of rumination sad." (Thomson)

3. <physiology> The regurgitation of food from the stomach after it has been swallowed, occasionally oberved as a morbid phenomenon in man.

Origin: L. Ruminatio: cf. F. Rumination.

(01 Mar 1998)

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