Definition of

Samoyed

  1. (noun, animal) Siberian breed of white or cream-colored dog of the spitz family
  2. (noun, communication) the Uralic languages spoken by the Samoyed in northwestern Siberia
  3. (noun, person) a Samoyedic-speaking person in northwestern Siberia

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Synonyms of Samoyed

samoyede, samoyedic

Origin of the word Samoyed

  1. Siberian Mongolian people, 1589, from Rus. samoyed, lit. "self-eaters, cannibals" (the first element cognate with Eng. same, the second with O.E. etan "to eat"). The native name is Nenets. As the name of a type of dog (once used as a working dog in the Arctic) it is attested from 1889. more

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