sam·​bar | \ ˈsäm-bər How to pronounce sambar (audio) , ˈsam- \
variants: or less commonly sambur

Definition of sambar

: a large Asian deer (Cervus unicolor) with the male having strong 3-pointed antlers and long coarse hair on the throat

Examples of sambar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, travelers can tuck into perfectly crisp dosas stuffed with turmeric potatoes and idli sambar (spongey rice cakes with spicy onion and lentil soup). Joni Sweet, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 From spicy and tangy sambar in Tamil Nadu to creamy and luxurious dal makhani in Delhi, dal preparation varies widely from region to region. Chitra Agrawal, Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2021 As for mammals, Periyar National Park is best known for its abundance of elephants and small population of tigers, but visitors can also spot gaur, sambar deer, sloth bears, and a wealth of other Western Ghats species during their trip. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 In Banke National Park, 45 of 67 wild animal deaths between July 2018 and July 2019 – including key tiger prey like sambar deer – were from traffic accidents. Neil Carter, The Conversation, 23 Apr. 2021 Thalis are served with rice and typically include savory curries, sambar, yogurt, and a dessert. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 Region: South Type of Lentil: Toor Add-Ons: Tamarind, tomatoes, garlic, red chiles, black pepper (these seasonings are often ground into something called rassam powder, which is almost as widely available as sambar powder). Saveur, 27 Oct. 2016 So far, 38 hog deers, five rhinos, one elephant, three sambars and four wild boars have died, according to a report in The Indian Express. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 18 July 2019 Among the dead are 111 hog deer, 18 wild boars, 17 rhinoceros, 12 sambar deer, seven swamp deer, three porcupines, two water buffaloes, and one elephant. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, 29 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sambar

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sambar

Hindi & Urdu sā̃bar, from Sanskrit śambara

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“Sambar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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