samovar


samovar

noun

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

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

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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