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samovar

If you order tea in a Russian restaurant, you're likely to see a samovar, a metal container used for heating tea or coffee water.

Russian words in English are a small but unfailingly interesting group, including this one: a metal urn with a spigot, used for boiling water. The Russian roots mean "self-boiler," or "self-cooking." Samovars are commonly used not only in Russia, but in Kashmir, Iran, and Turkey as well. A Google image search will fix this indispensable metal appliance in your mind.

Definitions of samovar
  1. noun
    a metal urn with a spigot at the base; used in Russia to boil water for tea
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    type of:
    urn
    a large pot for making coffee or tea
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