- 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
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Examples from the Web for kvass
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Bread, soup, boiled potatoes, and kvass were placed on the table.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories
He also brought a bottle of kvass, taken from the kitchen for them to try.War and Peace
He made me sit down at his table, and gave me food, and the kvass he promised.
You require food; perhaps a glass of kvass will do you good.
I mixed him some oil and onion and kvass and bread broken up.Short Stories
kvas or quass
- an alcoholic drink of low strength made in Russia and E Europe from cereals and stale bread
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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