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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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While the service was proceeding in the Cathedral of the Assumption- it was a combined service of prayer on the occasion of the Emperor's arrival and of thanksgiving for the conclusion of peace with the Turks- the crowd outside spread out and hawkers appeared, selling kvas, gingerbread, and poppyseed sweets (of which Petya was particularly fond), and ordinary conversation could again be heard.
Kvas and Seljak (2014) found 61.6% (n=426) of 692 nurse respondents acknowledged having experienced at least one form of WPV.
Haveman, M., Tillmann, V., Stoppler, R., Kvas, & Monninger, D.
Other regognition methods are proposed by (Fei-Fei et al., 2004; Valach & Kvas, 2010).
The Russky Dom contained all kinds of photographic exhibitions, concerts of both Russian pop and folklore dancing and singing-all while serving fresh Russian food with my favorite drink, kvas! I almost forgot how far I was from my countries and how much I missed my people!
As consumers, most religious immigrants kept some nostalgic habits, such as buying kosher or neutral products (e.g., black bread, dried fish, kvas (a popular Russian soft drink), Russian brands of beer and candy, preserves, etc.) in non-kosher Russian groceries.
Kvas - a Russian variant of mead, made from barley and rye L is for...
Todos usaban zapatos de cuerda u abrigos hechos en casa; se dejaban la barba, bebian sopa de pollo y 'kvas', tenian casas de madera de estilo campesino e iban a iglesias de colores luminosos con cupulas en forma de cebolla" (61).