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SAMOVAR (Russ. samovaru), an urn for making tea after the Russian fashion; it is usually of copper, and is kept boiling by a tube filled with live charcoal passing through the centre. The word is usually taken in Russia to mean " self-boiler " (samu, self, and barili, boil), but it is more probably an adaptation of a Tatar word sanabar, a tea-urn.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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