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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kumiss See Koumiss.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kumiss A common beverage of the nomads of northern Asia, consisting of fermented mares' milk, resembling sour buttermilk, but clear and free from greasiness. The Kirghiz and others distil an intoxicating liquor from it.
    • n kumiss A fermented dietetic and sanitary drink made in western countries, in imitation of the preceding, from cows' milk with sugar and yeast, and allowed to ferment until it becomes effervescent and slightly alcoholic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Kumiss Same as Koumiss.
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In literature:

The kumiss was bitter and very nasty, but my father and my uncle Stephen Behrs were very fond of it, and drank it in large quantities.
"Reminiscences of Tolstoy" by Ilya Tolstoy
The mares were milked, and from the milk kumiss was made.
"What Men Live By and Other Tales" by Leo Tolstoy
I asked for kumiss and a pony of Benedictine, as my stone boudoir made me feel rocky, but it has not yet been sent up.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
This was kumiss, a fermented mare's milk which was the wine and water of the steppes.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
You may put out some kumiss and biscuit for me.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
They drink a beverage called kumiss, which is fermented mare's milk.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
I asked for kumiss and a pony of Benedictine, as my stone boudoir made me feel rocky, but it has not yet been sent up.
"A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye