Definition of koumiss in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkuːmɪs/
(also kumiss or kumis)


[mass noun]
A fermented liquor prepared from mare’s milk, used as a drink and medicine by Asian nomads.
Example sentences
  • Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Chris Gallus, is heading out from the capital, Ulaanbaatar, to see a farming family and sample the traditional Mongolian drink, koumiss or fermented mare's milk.
  • Some scientists think that yoghurt's predecessor was a fermented milk drink called ‘kumis’.
  • Examples of traditional Kyrgyz food include manti (mutton dumplings), irikat (a type of pasta salad made with noodles, carrots, and radishes), and koumiss (fermented mare's milk).


Late 16th century: based on Tatar kumiz.

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