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kumiss

or kou·mis, kou·miss, kou·myss

[koo-mis]
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noun
  1. fermented mare's or camel's milk, used as a beverage by Asian nomads.
  2. a similar drink prepared from other milk, especially that of the cow, and used for dietetic and medicinal purposes.
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Origin of kumiss

1590–1600; < Russian kumys < Turkic kιmιz
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Examples from the Web for kumiss

Historical Examples

  • And at every halt they passed from hand to hand the skin bag of kumiss.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • This was kumiss, a fermented mare's milk which was the wine and water of the steppes.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • They gave him tea and kumiss, and had a sheep killed, and gave him mutton to eat.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for kumiss

kumiss

koumiss, koumis or koumyss

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C17: from Russian kumys, from Kazan Tatar kumyz
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