or kou·mis, kou·miss, kou·myss
- fermented mare's or camel's milk, used as a beverage by Asian nomads.
- a similar drink prepared from other milk, especially that of the cow, and used for dietetic and medicinal purposes.
Origin of kumiss
1590–1600; < Russian kumys < Turkic kιmιz
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Examples from the Web for koumis
These are used to drink the koumis from; some of them hold three pints, others more.
On entering a Kirghiz yourt in summer, one of the Chinese bowls full of koumis is presented to each guest.
On entering a Kirghiz yourt in summer, each guest is presented with one of these Chinese bowls full of koumis.
In some are kept grains of millet; in others, butter, milk, and koumis—offerings to the aforesaid deities.
At last we were presented with different kinds of koumis and sweetmeats on large silver trays.Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c.
Xavier Hommaire de Hell
- a variant spelling of kumiss
koumiss, koumis or koumyss
- a drink made from fermented mare's or other milk, drunk by certain Asian tribes, esp in Russia or used for dietetic and medicinal purposes
C17: from Russian kumys, from Kazan Tatar kumyz
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