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koumis

or koumiss, koumyss

[koo-mis] /ˈku mɪs/
noun
1.

kumiss

or koumis, koumiss, koumyss

[koo-mis] /ˈku mɪs/
noun
1.
fermented mare's or camel's milk, used as a beverage by Asian nomads.
2.
a similar drink prepared from other milk, especially that of the cow, and used for dietetic and medicinal purposes.
Origin of kumiss
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Russian kumys < Turkic kιmιz
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  • In some are kept grains of millet; in others, butter, milk, and koumis—offerings to the aforesaid deities.

    Some Heroes of Travel W. H. Davenport Adams
  • These are used to drink the koumis from; some of them hold three pints, others more.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • On entering a Kirghiz yourt in summer, one of the Chinese bowls full of koumis is presented to each guest.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • On entering a Kirghiz yourt in summer, each guest is presented with one of these Chinese bowls full of koumis.

    Some Heroes of Travel W. H. Davenport Adams
  • At last we were presented with different kinds of koumis and sweetmeats on large silver trays.

  • Every Mongol who owns three cows must pay a pail of milk; if he possesses five, a pot of koumis or wine, made of fermented milk.

British Dictionary definitions for koumis

koumis

/ˈkuːmɪs/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of kumiss

kumiss

/ˈkuːmɪs/
noun
1.
a drink made from fermented mare's or other milk, drunk by certain Asian tribes, esp in Russia or used for dietetic and medicinal purposes
Word Origin
C17: from Russian kumys, from Kazan Tatar kumyz
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