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- n. Alternative spelling of kvass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thin, sour beer, made by pouring warm water on rye or barley meal and letting it ferment, -- much used by the Russians. Called also kvass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Middle English form of quash.
- n. Same as kvass.
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But first of all, there was to be a meeting of the chiefs with Niblack, and a drowning of all enmities in quass.
Russians it was who showed us the way of making quass, for so my father told me, — my father, who got it from his father before him.
To not say that the quass was good were insult; to spit forth upon the ground were worse than insult.
In the middle was the barrel of quass, and by it a slave to serve the drink.
And each spoke friendly words and said that the quass was good, till all had drunk.
But to this quass had Niblack added many things, such as sugar, flour, dried apples, and hops, so that it was a man's drink, strong and good.
Then he gave a sign, and the slave dipped a gourd full of quass and passed it to Ligoun, as was fit, for his was the highest rank.
He had kind speech for the many tribes, noted the greatness of Niblack to give such a feast, counselled for peace as was his custom, and at the end said that the quass was very good.
This quass-feast was for the chiefs, and the chiefs only, and there was
The first thing I did was to spit into his jug of quass [a sour drink made from rye], which made him sick at his stomach.