• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kefir A sour fermented milk drink, used in various regions of Asia, made by addition of Streptococcus or Lactobacillus cultures to cow's or goat's milk; it is considered by some as a form of yoghurt.
    • Kefir An effervescent liquor like kumiss, made from fermented milk, used as a food and as a medicine in the northern Caucasus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kefir An effervescent drink prepared from the fermented milk of cows: used by the natives of the northern Caucasus region, and now extensively used elsewhere as a food for. invalids. It contains from 1 to 2 per cent. of free lactic acid and from 1 to 3 per cent. of alcohol. The original ferment used is a particular fungus called kefir grains (which see).
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In literature:

Instead of milk, buttermilk, sour milk, kefir, koumiss or yoghurt may be taken.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
The second method is used when one has a good kefir and two or three days to start with.
"The Bacillus of Long Life" by Loudon Douglas
Several alcoholic drinks made from milk, such as kefir and koumiss, have been originated among the nomadic tribes of Western Asia.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell

In news:

Clinical proof is lacking, but preliminary research supports the claim that probiotic bacteria in creamy kefir milk are good for your gut.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top health official said Monday that drinking and driving don't mix — even when the drink in question is kefir, a fermented milk beverage containing less than one percent alcohol.
Some consume fermented dairy products such as kefir or yogurt while others, such as Scandinavians, preserve fish with fermentation .
A batch of kefir takes only 16 to 18 hours to produce, but the blend of bacterial cultures used to ferment the milk affects the product's taste and is a closely guarded secret.
Lifeway acquires Helios Nutrition, key rival in kefir.
Will eating foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir , and kombucha improve your health.
New-Fashioned Chocolate Malt Ice Cream made with Tummy Soothing Kefir .
A post on my blog titled "Making kefir at home" includes pointers to a few online resources.
Scientific papers on kefir are available by searching the National Library of Medicine's PubMed site.
(June 7, 2012) You are at the grocery store and a bottle with a brightly colored label catches your attention: You read the word " kefir " on it and wonder what it is.
Lifeway Kefir CEO Julie Smolyansky Found Greatest Strength Amid Greatest Tragedy.
This savory kefir smoothie is loaded with 30 distinct microbial species.
Kefir can be found at specialty food stores, ethnic markets, and many supermarkets.
Perricone's No 10 Superfood: Yogurt and Kefir .
Cultured Cabbage Salad with Tarragon Kefir Dressing.