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quass

[kvahs, kwahs] /kvɑs, kwɑs/
noun
1.

kvass

or quass

[kvahs, kwahs] /kvɑs, kwɑs/
noun
1.
a Russian beer made from fermenting rye or barley and having a dark color and sour taste.
Origin of kvass
1545-1555
1545-55; < Russian kvas
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  • The brewing of quass, the daily baking of bread, and perhaps even the vapour-baths, mainly contributed to this.

  • I have soiled my belly with quass, and hooch, and 'Three Star.'

    Children of the Frost Jack London
  • And each spoke friendly words and said that the quass was good, till all had drunk.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
  • Let me be your servant and slave as before, for I would not give a glass of quass for the freedom we gain, by becoming soldiers.

    The Circassian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • In the middle was the barrel of quass, and by it a slave to serve the drink.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
  • quass is a native drink, harmless and acid, made with rye and water fermented.

    Our Little Alaskan Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • quass, a beer made in Russia from rye grain, employed as vinegar when sour.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • 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.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
  • As Bolton had vanished next morning, quass obeyed instructions, with the result which everyone knew.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
  • But first of all, there was to be a meeting of the chiefs with Niblack, and a drowning of all enmities in quass.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for quass

quass

/kvɑːs; kwɑːs/
noun
1.
a variant of kvass

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 quass

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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