Etymology
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samovar (n.)

"copper urn, used in Russia and nearby regions, in which water is kept boiling for use as needed in making tea," 1830, from Russian samovar, literally "self-boiler," from sam "self" (from PIE root *sem- (1) "one; as one, together with") + 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."

updated on December 06, 2021

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