from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A kind of fermented milk in use among the inhabitants of the northern Caucasus, and corresponding as an article of diet and medicine to kumiss in the southeastern steppes of Russia.
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Yeasts: alcoholic ferments in milk, 73; fruity flavor in cheese, 186; gassy due to yeasts, 186; in bitter cheese, 189; in canned butter, 159; kephir, 72.
From time immemorial human beings have absorbed quantities of lactic microbes by consuming in the uncooked condition substances such as soured milk, kephir, sauerkraut, or salted cucumbers, which have undergone lactic fermentation.
In the Caucasus I had kephir, and I used to carry kephir grains, and in America I, at least, could have kumiss or Ilya Ilich's lait caille.
In addition to such cases as the kephir and ginger-beer plants (figs. 19,