Koumiss Kou"miss, n. [Russ. kumys; of Mongolian origin.] An intoxicating fermented or distilled liquor originally made by the Tartars of central Asia from mare's or camel's milk. It can be obtained from any kind of milk, and is now largely made in Europe. [Written also {koumyss}, {kumiss}, {kumis}, {kumish}, and {kumys}.] [1913 Webster]

Koumiss has from time immemorial served the Tartar instead of wine or spirits. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

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  • koumiss — or kumiss noun Etymology: Russian kumys, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish kımız koumiss Date: 1607 a beverage of fermented mare s milk made originally by the nomadic peoples of central Asia …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • koumiss — ● koumys ou koumis ou koumiss nom masculin (turc kimiz) Boisson fermentée, fabriquée par les nomades de l Asie centrale avec du lait de jument, d ânesse, de chamelle ou de vache …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • koumiss — kou·miss (ko͞o mĭsʹ, ko͞oʹmĭs) n. Variant of kumiss. * * * …   Universalium

  • koumiss — noun /ˈkuːmɪs/ A fermented drink made from mares milk, common among peoples of the Central Asian steppes …   Wiktionary

  • KOUMISS —    an intoxicating beverage among the Kalmucks, made by fermentation from mare s milk …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • koumiss — n. beverage of western and central Asia which is made from the fermented milk of a mare or camel (also kumiss) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • koumiss —    (KOO miss) [Russian, from Turkic] A drink made of fermented camel’s milk or mare’s milk, used by the nomadic peoples of central Asia. A similar drink made from cow’s milk.    See also kefir …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • koumiss — [ ku:mɪs] noun a fermented liquid prepared from mare s milk, used as a drink and as medicine by Asian nomads. Origin C16: based on Tartar kumiz …   English new terms dictionary

  • koumiss — kou·miss …   English syllables

  • koumiss —   n. intoxicating drink made from fermented mare s milk …   Dictionary of difficult words

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