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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.
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(ˌsæm əˈyɛd ɪk)
1. a branch of the Uralic language family, comprising the languages spoken by the Samoyeds.
2. of or pertaining to the Samoyeds or their languages.
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Noun1.Samoyedic - 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
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References in periodicals archive ?
Drawing from the Nganasan Spoken Language Corpus, Wagner-Nagy presents a grammar of Nganasan, an endangered Samoyedic language that belongs to the Uralic language family.
In Mordvin and some of the distantly related, prevalently Samoyedic and Ugric, languages, verbal agreement markers adjoining an adnominal phrase encode nonverbal, or stative, predication (Honti 1992 : 266-270; [phrase omitted] 1967 : 163; Wiedemann 1865 : 57).
A breed of dog that takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia.
the stem korv 'ear' has clear cognates in Saamic, but dubious cognates up to Samoyedic. This stem is counted as clear Finno-Saamic and as a dubious Uralic stem.
The Samoyedic languages notwithstanding, the conjugation of nonverbal categories is not attested in Uralic languages other than Mordvinic, and it seems plausible that the possibility of conversion is connected to non--verbal conjugation.
This group included, for example, the Chukchi, the Buryats, the Yakuts, the Samoyedic peoples, the Kyrgyz, the Kalmyks, the Turkmen.
The Samoyedic languages form a branch of the Uralic language family, the other branch being the Finno-Ugric languages.
This is well attested and known in a variety of genetic grouping such as Samoyedic, Turkic, and Tungusik, but among the studies here are demonstrations that they also appear in some of the region's language isolates, such as Ket and Ainu.
Another example could be that of the morpheme wonon in the Samoyedic language of Russia, Nenets (Perrot 1996).
The Samoyed takes its name from the nomadic Samoyedic peoples of Siberia.
The beginning of this march coincided with the breakup of the Samoyedic language, which diverged into the languages now spoken by the Nenets, the Enets (the inhabitants of the lower Yenisey), the Nganasan (the inhabitants of Taymyr), and the Selkup (who lived to the south of the Nenets).
Based on references to the Kirghiz as tall and fair-skinned, with light-colored hair and eyes, and on the remnants of a few words in Chinese texts, as reconstructed in T'ang-period pronunciation, some scholars have argued that the Kirghiz may be Samoyedic or Paleo-Siberian in origin.