кефир

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed into Russian from a language of the Caucausus; compare Mingrelian ქიფური ‎(kipuri), Ossetian къӕпы ‎(k’æpy), Karachay-Balkar гыпы. The ultimate origin is unknown.

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Noun[edit]

кефи́р ‎(kefírm inan ‎(genitive кефи́ра, nominative plural кефи́ры, genitive plural кефи́ров)

  1. kefir (a yogurt-like beverage made from fermented cows' milk)
    Я про́сто обожа́ю кефи́р, но зато́ терпе́ть не могу́ молоко́! — I just love kefir, but, on the other hand, I hate milk!

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References[edit]

  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999), “кефир”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume I, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 393
  • Fasmer, Maks (1967), “кефир”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume II, translated from German and supplemented by Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress, page 227
  • Abajev, V. I. (1958) Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ osetinskovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Ossetian Language] (in Russian), volume I, Moscow, Leningrad: USSR Academy of Sciences, page 627