from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of kumiss.

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  • n. A fermented drink made from mare's milk, common among peoples of the Central Asian steppes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An intoxicating fermented or distilled liquor originally made by the Tartars of central Asia from mare's or camel's milk.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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See kumiss.

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  • n. an alcoholic beverage made from fermented mare's milk; made originally by nomads of central Asia


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Via French koumis, German Kumiss, from Russian кумыс (kumýs), borrowed from a Turkic source. Compare Tatar кымыз (kımız), Kazakh қымыз (qımız), Kyrgyz кымыз (kımız), Turkish kımız, Azeri qımız.



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  • Also transliterated kumis, and various alternates. Known in Mongolia as airag.

    December 23, 2008