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kvass

[kvahs, kwahs] /kvɑs, kwɑs/
noun
1.
a Russian beer made from fermenting rye or barley and having a dark color and sour taste.
Also, quass.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Russian kvas
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kvass

/kvɑːs/
noun
1.
an alcoholic drink of low strength made in Russia and E Europe from cereals and stale bread
Word Origin
C16: from Russian kvas; related to Old Slavic kvasĭ yeast, Latin cāseus cheese
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Word Origin and History for kvass
n.

Russian fermented drink made from rye or barley, 1550s, from Russian kvas "leaven," from Old Church Slavonic kvasu "yeast," cognate with Latin caseus "cheese" (see cheese (n.1)).

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