intransitive verb

To turn a matter over and over in the mind.

intransitive verb

To chew cud.

intransitive verb

To reflect on over and over again.

To chew the cud, as a ruminant; practise rumination.

To muse; meditate; think again and again; ponder: as, to ruminate on misfortunes.

To chew again.

To turn over in the mind; muse on; meditate over and over.

In botany, appearing as if chewed: noting a structure of the endosperm (albumen) of a seed which gives a mottled appearance to its section, and which results from the infolding of a dark inner layer of the seed-coat into the lighter-colored matter of the endosperm, as in the nutmeg.


Having a hard albumen penetrated by irregular channels filled with softer matter, as the nutmeg and the seeds of the North American papaw.

transitive verb

To chew over again.