kou·​miss kü-ˈmis How to pronounce koumiss (audio) ˈkü-məs How to pronounce koumiss (audio)
variants or kumiss
: a beverage of fermented mare's milk made originally by the nomadic peoples of central Asia

Word History


Russian kumys, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish kımız koumiss

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of koumiss was in 1607

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“Koumiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/koumiss. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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