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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Definitions for samovar

  1. a metal urn, used especially by Russians for heating water for making tea.

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Citations for samovar
She never used the samovar except on special occasions, for example during the visits of her sisters-in-law. Then she made tea and set it on the table to flatter them. Tamar Yellin, The Genizah at the House of Shepher, 2005
Nadi is near to the sink preparing the samovar for later and she calls out in Farsi for Esmail to take off his shoes and then come into the kitchen for washing. Andre Dubus III, House of Sand and Fog, 1999
Origin of samovar
Samovar entered English in the 1800s from the Russian samovár, which means "self-boiler."