koumiss

noun
kou·​miss | \ kü-ˈmis How to pronounce koumiss (audio) , ˈkü-məs How to pronounce koumiss (audio) \
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Definition of koumiss

: a beverage of fermented mare's milk made originally by the nomadic peoples of central Asia

First Known Use of koumiss

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for koumiss

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

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“Koumiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/koumiss. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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