sambar

noun
sam·bar | \ˈsäm-bər, 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

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The program will offer draw-permit firearms hunts on Powderhorn Ranch WMA for whitetail deer, another hunt for exotic/non-native wildlife such as sambar and axis deer and a white-tail hunt available only to young hunters. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Lottery-like public program offers expanded Texas hunting opportunities," 30 June 2018 Its delicate white flowers come apart when simmered in sambar, a south Indian lentil stew, or steamed with basmati rice to make a fragrant pilaf. Nikhita Venugopal, Bon Appetit, "I Grew Up Eating This Common Indian Vegetable. Now It's a Wellness 'Superfood.'," 14 May 2018 Always there are spicy pickles, sambar and vegetables simmered in coconut milk or sautéed with ground coconut and curry leaves. Kim Severson, New York Times, "A Chef’s Quest in India: Win Respect for Its Cooking," 6 June 2017 This current flood is the worst at the park since 1998, a year that saw the deaths of scores of rhinos, water buffalo, wild pigs, and sambar. National Geographic, "Floods in India Drown Rare One-Horned Rhinos," 2 Aug. 2016 The rampant river also claimed the lives of 11 wild boar, nine swamp deer, six sambar, three buffalo, two hog badgers, one porcupine, and one python. National Geographic, "Floods in India Drown Rare One-Horned Rhinos," 2 Aug. 2016

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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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