1A member of a group of mainly nomadic peoples of northern Siberia, who traditionally live as reindeer herders.
- The Samoyed is Spitz-type which takes its name from the Siberian tribe of the Samoyeds.
- One myth - again judging from such peoples as the Samoyeds and Buryats - would seem to have been an earth-diver creation in which an animal is sent by the creator to find an earthly substance in the depths of the primal waters.
- Thousands of years ago the ancestors of both the present Finno-Ugrians and the Samoyeds lived together in their Uralic homeland.
2Any of several Samoyedic (Uralic) languages of the Samoyeds.
- One tribe, the Kamasin, spoke Samoyed until the middle of the last century.
3A dog of a white Arctic breed.
- For a white dog, the Samoyed stays amazingly clean, but an occasional bath is necessary.
- And as for the dogs, three different breeds compete in Scotland, and were in evidence at Aviemore: Siberian huskies, the lean sprinters; Samoyeds, large, white and fluffy; and Malamutes, the heavier freight dogs.
- The Samoyed is a snow dog and loves the outdoors.
From Russian samoed 'self-eater', a folk etymology from a Lapp (Sami) phrase meaning 'land of the Sami'.
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