noun (1)
sam·​bal | \ (ˈ)säm¦bäl \
plural -s

Definition of sambal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a condiment made typically of peppers, pickles, grated coconut, salt fish, or fish roe and eaten especially with curry and rice in and around Indonesia and Malaya


noun (2)
Sam·​bal | \ " \
variants: or less commonly Sambali \ sämˈbälē \ or Zambal \ (ˈ)säm¦bäl \
plural Sambal or Sambals also Sambali or Sambalis or Zambal or Zambals

Definition of Sambal (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a people of Zambales province, western Luzon, Philippines
b : a member of such people
2 : the Austronesian language of the Sambal people

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History and Etymology for sambal

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Tagalog Sambál, Sambali

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“Sambal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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