or kou·mis, kou·miss, kou·myss

[ koo-mis ]
/ ˈku mɪs /


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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koumiss, koumis or koumyss

/ (ˈkuːmɪs) /


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

Word Origin for kumiss

C17: from Russian kumys, from Kazan Tatar kumyz
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