Meaning of Samoyed


Pronunciation: (sam"u-yed', su-moi'id), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of a Uralic people dwelling in W Siberia and the far NE parts of European Russia.
  2. a subfamily of Uralic languages spoken by the Samoyed people.
  3. (sometimes l.c.) one of a Russian breed of medium-sized dogs that have long, dense, white or cream hair and are used by the Samoyed people for herding reindeer and pulling sleds.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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