Samoyed[sam′ə yed′, sə mo̵i′id]
- Samoyed is a member of a tribe or group of nomads in Siberia, or is a language spoken by people in these tribes, or a white dog of arctic breeding.
- A member of a Siberian tribe is an example of a Samoyed.
- The language spoken by a Siberian tribe is an example of Samoyed.
- A white, arctic dog is an example of a Samoyed.
- a member of a group of peoples living in N Siberia and the Taimyr Peninsula
- any of a group of Uralic languages spoken by the Samoyeds
- any of a breed of strong working dog with a thick, white coat, erect ears, and a tail rolled over the back: developed in Siberia as a sled dog
Origin of SamoyedRussian samoed, literally , self-eater, cannibal, altered ; from Lapp name samo- (see samovar) + base of jĕdá, food: for Indo-European base see eat
of the Samoyeds or their languages or culture
Also sp. (for Samoyed & & )Samoyede
- a. A subdivision of the Uralic language family of extreme northwestern Russia that includes Nenets.b. Nenets. No longer in technical use.
- A dog of a medium-sized breed developed in northern Eurasia as a sled dog, having a thick white coat and a bushy tail carried over the back.
Origin of SamoyedObsolete Russian samoyed, Nenets person, member of a people speaking a Samoyedic language, from alteration of samod, samoyad (taken as samo-, self; see samovar + -ed, eater; see ed- in Indo-European roots), of unknown origin.
- Alternative capitalization of Samoyed (dog)