- 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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Examples from the Web for quass
In the middle was the barrel of quass, and by it a slave to serve the drink.
I have soiled my belly with quass, and hooch, and 'Three Star.'
The brewing of quass, the daily baking of bread, and perhaps even the vapour-baths, mainly contributed to this.The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II
Let me be your servant and slave as before, for I would not give a glass of quass for the freedom we gain, by becoming soldiers.The Circassian Chief
Quass is a native drink, harmless and acid, made with rye and water fermented.Our Little Alaskan Cousin
Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
- a variant of kvass
kvas or quass
- an alcoholic drink of low strength made in Russia and E Europe from cereals and stale bread
C16: from Russian kvas; related to Old Slavic kvasĭ yeast, Latin cāseus cheese
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Word Origin and History for quass
Russian fermented drink made from rye or barley, 1550s, from Russian kvas "leaven," from Old Church Slavonic kvasu "yeast," cognate with Latin caseus "cheese" (see cheese (n.1)).
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