from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A subdivision of the Uralic language family of extreme northwestern Russia that includes Nenets.
  • noun Nenets. No longer in technical use.
  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Obsolete 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.]



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