Definition of cud in English:



mass noun
  • Partly digested food returned from the first stomach of ruminants to the mouth for further chewing.

    • ‘And I could only stare, my mouth hung open dumbly like a cow gumming its cud.’
    • ‘She had come here to reject William and instead she was daydreaming about Arthur and watching with a growing sense of repulsion as William chewed incessantly, like a cow with a mouthful of cud.’
    • ‘They're feasting on some of the best cud for miles.’
    quid, twist, plug, chew
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Old English cwidu, cudu, of Germanic origin; related to German Kitt ‘cement, putty’ and Swedish kåda ‘resin’.