Samoyed


Sam·o·yed

noun \ˈsa-mə-ˌyed, -ˌmi-\

Definition of SAMOYED

1
:  a member of any of a group of peoples inhabiting the far north of European Russia and parts of northwestern Siberia
2
:  the family of Uralic languages spoken by the Samoyed people
3
:  any of a Siberian breed of medium-sized white or cream-colored sled dogs
Samoyed adjective
Sam·o·yed·ic \ˌsa-mə-ˈye-dik, -ˌmi-\ adjective

Variants of SAMOYED

Sam·o·yed also Sam·o·yede \ˈsa-mə-ˌyed, -ˌmi-\

Origin of SAMOYED

Russian samoed, from Old Russian samoyadi, of Sami origin; akin to North Sami sápmi (genitive sámi) Sami homeland & eatnam-, eana land
First Known Use: 1589

Samoyed

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Samoyed—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.

Breed of sturdily built, huskylike dog developed in Siberia, where Siberian peoples kept it as a sled dog, companion, and herd dog for their reindeer. It has erect ears, dark, almond-shaped eyes, and a characteristic “smile.” Its long, heavy coat is white, cream-coloured, grayish yellow (biscuit), or white-and-biscuit. It stands 19–24 in. (48–60 cm) tall and weighs 50–65 lb (23–30 kg). Gentle, loyal, and intelligent, it makes a capable guard and a good companion.

Variants of SAMOYED

Samoyed or Samoyede

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