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  1. kvass.


or quass

[kvahs, kwahs]
  1. 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 quass

Historical Examples

  • In the middle was the barrel of quass, and by it a slave to serve the drink.

    Children of the Frost

    Jack London

  • I have soiled my belly with quass, and hooch, and 'Three Star.'

  • The brewing of quass, the daily baking of bread, and perhaps even the vapour-baths, mainly contributed to this.

  • Let me be your servant and slave as before, for I would not give a glass of quass for the freedom we gain, by becoming soldiers.

    The Circassian Chief

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Quass is a native drink, harmless and acid, made with rye and water fermented.

    Our Little Alaskan Cousin

    Mary F. Nixon-Roulet

British Dictionary definitions for quass


  1. a variant of kvass


kvas or quass

  1. 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 quass



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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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