American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A metal urn with a spigot, used to boil water for tea and traditionally having a chimney and heated by coals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A copper urn used in Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, and elsewhere, in which water is kept boiling for use when required for making tea, live charcoal being placed in a tube which passes up through the center of the urn. Similar vessels are used in winter in northern China, for keeping soups, etc., hot at table.
- n. A metal urn with a spigot, for boiling water for making tea. Traditionally, the water is heated by hot coals or charcoal in a chimney-like tube which runs through the center of the urn. Today, it is more likely that the water is heated by an electric coil. It is a common misconception that tea is boiled in the samovar. This is not the case. The samovar merely boils the water, which is drawn off via the spigot into a separate teapot in which the tea is allowed to steep.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A metal urn used in Russia for making tea. It is filled with water, which is heated by charcoal placed in a pipe, with chimney attached, which passes through the urn.
- n. a metal urn with a spigot at the base; used in Russia to boil water for tea
- From Russian самовар (samovár, "self-boiler"); from само ("self") + варить (""to boil" or "to cook"") (Wiktionary)
- Russian : samo, self; + varit', to boil. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She turned to me and explained, “A samovar is a Russian urn.””
“The samovar was most welcome, and in fact the samovar is the most essential thing in Russia, especially at times of particularly awful, sudden, and eccentric catastrophes and misfortunes; even the mother was induced to drink two cups — though, of course, only with much urging and almost compulsion.”
“Their route took them away from the Neva, where was the greatest crowd, and they soon reached the entrance of the pleasure-garden, climbed the great flight of wooden stairs to the pavilion on top, where Ivan hired a sled, and paid for a glass of tea hot from the big brass samovar, which is always boiling and ready for use.”
“The samovar is a little one, and before the visitors have drunk all the tea they want, she has to heat it five times.”
“A huge, steaming tea-urn, called a samovar -- etymologically, a "self-boiler" -- will be brought in, and you will make your tea according to your taste.”
“The samovar is a simple but brilliant way of preparing tea, as well as being a source of cultural pride.”
“He would offer him bread and salt, the burning charcoal would be put into the "samovar," and he would be made quite at home.”
“The "samovar" or tea-urn is an indispensable article in a Russian household, and is found in nearly every dwelling from the Baltic to”
“The Baba Yaga is highly pleased, calls for a "samovar" (or urn), and invites her young bath-woman to drink tea with her.”
“Then Kajsa made the tea in a magnificent "samovar," and served it with pretty gracefulness; then she discreetly disappeared.”
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