kefir

[ kuh-feer ]
/ kəˈfɪər /

Middle Eastern Cooking.

a tart-tasting drink originally of the Caucasus, made from cow's or sometimes goat's milk to which the bacteria Streptococcus and Lactobacillus have been added.

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Origin of kefir

First recorded in 1880–85; from Russian kefír, apparently from a Caucasian language; compare Ossetic kʾæpy, kʾæpu “kefir,” Mingrelian kipuri “milk curdled in an animal skin”
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Example sentences from the Web for kefir

  • In koumiss and kefir the curd is very finely divided and will remain in suspension for a long time as with butter milk.

  • Several alcoholic drinks made from milk, such as kefir and koumiss, have been originated among the nomadic tribes of Western Asia.

  • Koumiss is made in Russia from mare's milk and has much the same composition as kefir.