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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ru·mi·nate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ruminated p. pr. & vb. n. Ruminating.]
 1. To chew the cud; to chew again what has been slightly chewed and swallowed. “Cattle free to ruminate.”
 2. Fig.: To think again and again; to muse; to meditate;  to ponder; to reflect.
    Apart from the hope of the gospel, who is there that ruminates on the felicity of heaven?   --I. Taylor.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ru·mi·nate Ru·mi·na·ted, a. Bot. Having a hard albumen penetrated by irregular channels filled with softer matter, as the nutmeg and the seeds of the North American papaw.