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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Nenets.
  • n. Any of a breed of medium-sized dog originally developed in northern Eurasia, having a thick, long, white or cream-colored coat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a member of the Samoyedic peoples of the Siberian Urals; they speak Samoyedic languages
  • n. a hardy breed of dog from Siberia

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a race inhabiting the northern coast of Asia and eastern Europe, and belonging to the Ural-Altaic family.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Samoyedic-speaking person in northwestern Siberia
  • n. the Uralic languages spoken by the Samoyed in northwestern Siberia
  • n. Siberian breed of white or cream-colored dog of the spitz family

Etymologies

Obsolete Russian samoyed (samo-, self; see samovar + -ed, eater, by folk etymology from Lapp sāmḿ emḿne, land of the Sami.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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