Sam·o·yed (sămə-yĕd′, -oi-ĕd′, sə-moiĭd)
a. A subdivision of the Uralic language family of extreme northwestern Russia that includes Nenets.
b. Nenets. No longer in technical use.
2. 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.
[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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots), of unknown origin.]
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