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kumiss

or kou·mis, kou·miss, kou·myss

[koo-mis]
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noun
  1. fermented mare's or camel's milk, used as a beverage by Asian nomads.
  2. a similar drink prepared from other milk, especially that of the cow, and used for dietetic and medicinal purposes.

Origin of kumiss

1590–1600; < Russian kumys < Turkic kιmιz
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Examples from the Web for koumis

Historical Examples

  • These are used to drink the koumis from; some of them hold three pints, others more.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • On entering a Kirghiz yourt in summer, one of the Chinese bowls full of koumis is presented to each guest.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • On entering a Kirghiz yourt in summer, each guest is presented with one of these Chinese bowls full of koumis.

    Some Heroes of Travel

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • In some are kept grains of millet; in others, butter, milk, and koumis—offerings to the aforesaid deities.

    Some Heroes of Travel

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • At last we were presented with different kinds of koumis and sweetmeats on large silver trays.


British Dictionary definitions for koumis

koumis

noun
  1. a variant spelling of kumiss

kumiss

koumiss, koumis or koumyss

noun
  1. a drink made from fermented mare's or other milk, drunk by certain Asian tribes, esp in Russia or used for dietetic and medicinal purposes

Word Origin

C17: from Russian kumys, from Kazan Tatar kumyz
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