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 kumiss
And at every halt they passed from hand to hand the skin bag of kumiss.
This was kumiss, a fermented mare's milk which was the wine and water of the steppes.
They gave him tea and kumiss, and had a sheep killed, and gave him mutton to eat.What Men Live By and Other Tales
I asked for kumiss and a pony of Benedictine, as my stone boudoir made me feel rocky, but it has not yet been sent up.
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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