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or quass

[kvahs, kwahs] /kvɑs, kwɑs/
a Russian beer made from fermenting rye or barley and having a dark color and sour taste.
Origin of kvass
First recorded in 1545-55, kvass is from the Russian word kvas Unabridged
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  • They served, too, a pie with onion and steamed turnip with kvass.

  • He also brought a bottle of kvass, taken from the kitchen for them to try.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • One day after luncheon I poured myself out a glass of kvass, and then dropped the decanter, and so stained the tablecloth.

    Childhood Leo Tolstoy
  • You require food; perhaps a glass of kvass will do you good.

    Fred Markham in Russia W. H. G. Kingston
  • Meanwhile, he became a kvass merchant and exercised this trade for several months.

  • He made me sit down at his table, and gave me food, and the kvass he promised.

    Fred Markham in Russia W. H. G. Kingston
  • She took off her jewels, a glass of kvass was put in her hand, and she sang a farewell song.

  • You drink too much French brandy and too little good Russian kvass.

    Great Catherine George Bernard Shaw
  • Bread, soup, boiled potatoes, and kvass were placed on the table.

British Dictionary definitions for kvass


an alcoholic drink of low strength made in Russia and E Europe from cereals and stale bread
Word Origin
C16: from Russian kvas; related to Old Slavic kvasĭ yeast, Latin cāseus cheese
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Word Origin and History for kvass

Russian fermented drink made from rye or barley, 1550s, from Russian kvas "leaven," from Old Church Slavonic kvasu "yeast," cognate with Latin caseus "cheese" (see cheese (n.1)).

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