from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metal urn with a spigot, used to boil water for tea and traditionally having a chimney and heated by coals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metal urn with a spigot, for boiling water for making tea. Traditionally, the water is heated by hot coals or charcoal in a chimney-like tube which runs through the center of the urn. Today, it is more likely that the water is heated by an electric coil. It is a common misconception that tea is boiled in the samovar. This is not the case. The samovar merely boils the water, which is drawn off via the spigot into a separate teapot in which the tea is allowed to steep.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A metal urn used in Russia for making tea. It is filled with water, which is heated by charcoal placed in a pipe, with chimney attached, which passes through the urn.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A copper urn used in Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, and elsewhere, in which water is kept boiling for use when required for making tea, live charcoal being placed in a tube which passes up through the center of the urn. Similar vessels are used in winter in northern China, for keeping soups, etc., hot at table.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metal urn with a spigot at the base; used in Russia to boil water for tea
Russian : samo, self; + varit', to boil.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian самовар (samovár, "self-boiler"); from само ("self") + варить (""to boil" or "to cook"") (Wiktionary)