from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A cordial made especially in the Baltic provinces of Russia, flavored with cumin, caraway, or fennel, and generally much sweetened. The best quality is called
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A Russian and German liqueur, consisting of a sweetened spirit flavored with caraway seeds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun liqueur flavored with caraway seed or cumin
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Russia was honored in a similar way by means of a few bottles of kummel.
Coffee and kummel; with the blue smoke wreathing up from their cigars Warren approached the subject of their business.
Then, half suffocated, Vogotzine flung the paper on the floor; and, with eyes distended with horror, drawing the caraffe of kummel toward him, he half emptied it, drinking glass after glass to recover his self-control.
After eating his usual copious breakfast, he had imprudently asked the waiter for a Russian paper; and, as he read, and sipped his kummel, which he found a little insipid and almost made him regret the vodka of his native land, his eyes fell upon a letter from Odessa, in which there was a detailed description of the execution of three nihilists, two of them gentlemen.
The enormous quantity of kummel he had absorbed, together with the terror produced by the article he had read, had proved too much for the good man: his face was fiery, and he constantly moistened his dry lips.
He insisted upon drinking three glasses of kummel -- why had they not poured in maple sirup?
Mr Galloway rapped on the table, and ordered another kummel.
"I expect we're way off the track," says I; "but I'd like to have you take a careless glance at the giddy old party over under the kummel sign in the corner; the one facin 'this way -- there."
The guests were departing early, and kummel and coffee was already being served on a large silver salver by the _buffetschek_, whom Malcolm recognized as the ubiquitous Boolba.
Sarelli lifted the kummel bottle and emptied it into his glass, with a steady hand.