[sam-uh-vahr, sam-uh-vahr]
a metal urn, used especially by Russians for heating water for making tea.

1820–30; < Russian samovár, equivalent to samo- self (see same) + -var, noun derivative of varítʾ to cook, boil Unabridged
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samovar (ˈsæməˌvɑː, ˌsæməˈvɑː)
(esp in Russia) a metal urn for making tea, in which the water is heated esp formerly by charcoal held in an inner container or nowadays more usually by electricity
[C19: from Russian, from samo- self (related to same) + varit' to boil]

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Word Origin & History

1830, from Rus. samovar, lit. "self-boiler," from sam "self" + varit "to boil," from O.Slav. variti "to cook;" but this is perhaps folk-etymology if the word is from Tatar sanabar "tea-urn."
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metal urn, often of brass, with a spigot near its base, widely used in Russia to boil water for tea. In traditional samovars water is heated by means of a vertical tube, containing burning charcoal, running up the middle of the urn. A filled teapot is set atop the chimney to steep. A lighter brew can be obtained by adding more water to the teacup from the spigot. Traditionally, a samovar was used for all household needs that required hot water, and almost all families possessed one.

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Example sentences
Boiling water is poured upon the tea, and when the pot is full it is placed on the top of the samovar.
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