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 for rumination
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rumination \Ru`mi*na"tion\, n. [L. ruminatio: cf. F.
     rumination.]
     1. The act or process of ruminating, or chewing the cud; the
        habit of chewing the cud.
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              Rumination is given to animals to enable them at
              once to lay up a great store of food, and afterward
              to chew it.                           --Arbuthnot.
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     2. The state of being disposed to ruminate or ponder;
        deliberate meditation or reflection.
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              Retiring full of rumination sad.      --Thomson.
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     3. (Physiol.) The regurgitation of food from the stomach
        after it has been swallowed, -- occasionally observed as a
        morbid phenomenon in man.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rumination
      n 1: a calm, lengthy, intent consideration [syn:
           contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination,
           musing, thoughtfulness]
      2: (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable
         powers of rumination"
      3: regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants
         after feeding

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