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.(noun)
See Samoyed in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Russ samoed, lit., self-eater, cannibal, altered < Lapp name samo- (see samovar) + base of jĕdá, food: for IE base see eat
See Samoyed in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Obsolete Russian samoyed (samo-, self; see samovar + -ed, eater; see ed- in Indo-European roots)
Origin: , by folk etymology from Lapp sāmḿ emḿne, land of the Sami.
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