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samovar

[sam-uh-vahr, sam-uh-vahr] /ˈsæm əˌvɑr, ˌsæm əˈvɑr/
noun
1.
a metal urn, used especially by Russians for heating water for making tea.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Russian samovár, equivalent to samo- self (see same) + -var, noun derivative of varítʾ to cook, boil
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samovar

/ˈsæməˌvɑː; ˌsæməˈvɑː/
noun
1.
(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
Word Origin
C19: from Russian, from samo- self (related to same) + varit' to boil
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Word Origin and History for samovars

samovar

n.

1830, from Russian samovar, literally "self-boiler," from sam "self" (see same) + varit "to boil" (from Old Church Slavonic variti "to cook," from PIE root *wer- "to burn"); but this is perhaps folk-etymology if the word is from Tatar sanabar "tea-urn."

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Encyclopedia Article for samovars

samovar

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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