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or kou·mis, kou·miss, kou·myss

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  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 kumiss

Historical Examples

  • And at every halt they passed from hand to hand the skin bag of kumiss.

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  • This was kumiss, a fermented mare's milk which was the wine and water of the steppes.

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    Andre Alice Norton

  • They gave him tea and kumiss, and had a sheep killed, and gave him mutton to eat.

  • I asked for kumiss and a pony of Benedictine, as my stone boudoir made me feel rocky, but it has not yet been sent up.

British Dictionary definitions for kumiss


koumiss, koumis or koumyss

  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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