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[ser-ve-sah, ther-ve-thah; English ser-vey-suh] /sɛrˈvɛ sɑ, θɛrˈvɛ θɑ; English sərˈveɪ sə/
noun, plural cervezas
[ser-ve-sahs, ther-ve-thahs; English ser-vey-suh z] /sɛrˈvɛ sɑs, θɛrˈvɛ θɑs; English sərˈveɪ səz/ (Show IPA).
beer. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Spanish for "beer," from Latin cervisia "beer" (cf. Latin cerea "a Spanish beer"), from a Celtic *kerb- (cf. Gaulish curmi, Old Irish cuirm, Middle Irish coirm, Welsh cwrwf, Old Cornish coref "beer"), from Proto-Celtic *kormi-, perhaps from PIE root *krem-, also source of Latin cremare "to burn" (see cremation). "Connection with ceres (as a drink from grain) is very dubious" [Tucker].

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