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 (săm′ə-yĕd′, -oi-ĕd′, sə-moi′ĭd)
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 Indo-European roots), of unknown origin.]

Sam′o·yed′ adj.
Sam′o·yed′ic adj.


npl -yed or -yeds
1. (Peoples) a member of a group of peoples who migrated along the Russian Arctic coast and now live chiefly in the area of the N Urals: related to the Finns
2. (Languages) the languages of these peoples, related to Finno-Ugric within the Uralic family
3. (Breeds) a Siberian breed of dog of the spitz type, having a dense white or cream coat with a distinct ruff, and a tightly curled tail
[C17: from Russian Samoed]
ˌSamoˈyedic adj


(ˌsæm əˈyɛd, səˈmɔɪ ɪd)

1. a member of any of a group of Uralic peoples living in W Siberia and the far NE parts of European Russia.
3. (sometimes l.c.) one of a Siberian breed of medium-sized dogs with long, straight, dense white or cream hair that forms a ruff around the neck.
[1580–90; < Russian samoyéd]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Samoyed - a Samoyedic-speaking person in northwestern Siberia
Russian - a native or inhabitant of Russia
2.Samoyed - the Uralic languages spoken by the Samoyed in northwestern Siberia
Uralic, Uralic language - a family of Ural-Altaic languages
Nenets, Nentsi, Nentsy, Yurak-Samoyed - a Uralic language spoken by a Samoyed of northern Siberia
Enets, Entsi, Entsy, Yenisei-Samoyed, Yenisei, Yeniseian - the Uralic language spoken by the Yeniseian
Nganasan - the Uralic language spoken by the Nganasan
Ostyak-Samoyed, Selkup - the Uralic language spoken by the Ostyak-Samoyed
3.Samoyed - Siberian breed of white or cream-colored dog of the spitz familySamoyed - Siberian breed of white or cream-colored dog of the spitz family
spitz - any of various stocky heavy-coated breeds of dogs native to northern regions having pointed muzzles and erect ears with a curled furry tail
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John and Frances Dean, of Sheriff Road, adopted Taz, a three-year-old pedigree samoyed, from the Rugby Animal Trust kennels in April.
Det Chief Insp Bimson, who is leading the murder inquiry, wants to hear from anyone who may have seen Kully on the number 11 or 103 bus services the night before she died, or walking her rare Samoyed dog Lassie or anything suspicious at the house on May 14, to contact police on 0845 113 5000.
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Mr John Lockett and his wife Ann, from Dudley Park Road, Acocks Green, were exhibiting their Samoyed dog Blake in the rare breeds section.
That's where her two Samoyed pooches Simba and Keena, come from.
A striking parallelism between the Finnic and Samoyed, in particular Nenets object rules lends support to a view that the case of object was accusative except in structures without an overt subject like 2nd person imperative.