- a metal urn, used especially by Russians for heating water for making tea.
Origin of samovar
Examples from the Web for samovar
But there was no more water in the samovar, so the hostess did not fill it up for him.Master and Man
The samovar is hissing on the table by the stove, the tea things are set out.The Pigeon (Third Series Plays)
The samovar, or Russian tea-urn, is boiling in the great room.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
"So I have been told," said Malcolm, as he filled a glass with tea from the samovar.The Book of All-Power
The samovar is always boiling and some one is always drinking tea there.Trapped in 'Black Russia'
- (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 and History for samovar
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."