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Via French koumis, German Kumiss, from Russian кумыс, from Tartar kumiz.

Singular
koumiss

Plural
uncountable

koumiss (uncountable)

  1. A fermented drink made from mare's milk, common among peoples of the Central Asian steppes.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 688:
      Here, for example—a Scythian koumiss vessel, third century B.C. You can clearly see the Greek influence, especially in the friezework.
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