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Koumiss or Kumiss

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Fermented mare’s milk used as a beverage by the Tartar tribes of Central Asia. A slightly alcoholic drink of a similar kind is made with great ceremony in Siberia. It consists of slightly sour cow’s milk, sugar, and yeast. (Russian, kumuisu.)

“Kumiss is still prepared from mare’s milk by the Calmucks and Nogais, who, during the process of making it, keep the milk in constant agitation.”—Rawlinson: Herodotus, vol. iii. book iv. p. 2.

⁂ The ceremony of making it is described at full length by Noel, in the Dictionnaire de la Fable, vol. i. 833–834.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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