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A Russian fermented beverage similar to beer, made from rye or barley.

[Russian kvas, from Old Russian kvasŭ.]
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(kvɑːs) ,




(Brewing) an alcoholic drink of low strength made in Russia and E Europe from cereals and stale bread
[C16: from Russian kvas; related to Old Slavic kvasĭ yeast, Latin cāseus cheese]
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(kvɑs, kwɑs)

a Russian drink with a low alcoholic content made from fermented cereal or bread.
[1545–55; < Russian kvas]
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Noun1.kvass - fermented beverage resembling beer but made from rye or barley
brew, brewage - drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling
Russia, Soviet Union, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR - a former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia; established in 1922; included Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics (Ukraine and Byelorussia and others); officially dissolved 31 December 1991
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