or quass

[ kvahs, kwahs ]
/ kvɑs, kwɑs /


a Russian beer made from fermenting rye or barley and having a dark color and sour taste.

Origin of kvass

First recorded in 1545–55, kvass is from the Russian word kvas
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kvas or quass

/ (kvɑːs) /


an alcoholic drink of low strength made in Russia and E Europe from cereals and stale bread

Word Origin for kvass

C16: from Russian kvas; related to Old Slavic kvasĭ yeast, Latin cāseus cheese
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