Samoyed

noun
Sam·​o·​yed | \ ˈsa-mə-ˌyed How to pronounce Samoyed (audio) , -ˌmȯi- \
variants: or less commonly Samoyede

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

Other Words from Samoyed

Samoyed adjective
Samoyedic \ ˌsa-​mə-​ˈye-​dik How to pronounce Samoyedic (audio) , -​ˌmȯi-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of Samoyed

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Samoyed

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

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“Samoyed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Samoyed. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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