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[ser-ve-sah, ther-ve-thah; English ser-vey-suh]
noun, plural cer·ve·zas [ser-ve-sahs, ther-ve-thahs; English ser-vey-suh z] /sɛrˈvɛ sɑs, θɛrˈvɛ θɑs; English sərˈveɪ səz/. Spanish.
  1. beer.
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Spanish for "beer," from Latin cervisia "beer" (cf. Latin cerea "a Spanish beer"), from a Celtic *kerb- (cf. Gaulish curmi, Old Irish cuirm, Middle Irish coirm, Welsh cwrwf, Old Cornish coref "beer"), from Proto-Celtic *kormi-, perhaps from PIE root *krem-, also source of Latin cremare "to burn" (see cremation). "Connection with ceres (as a drink from grain) is very dubious" [Tucker].

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