sam·​bar ˈsäm-bər How to pronounce sambar (audio)
variants or less commonly sambur
: 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 The chefs behind them embody the pluralism of Los Angeles: The year has brought Balinese long bean salad and sambar, glimmering chirashi don, oxtail plates crisscrossing Jamaican and East African favors, Chicano barbecue, Burmese curry and paratha and a world of cakes and pies. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2020 Researchers detected the presence of endangered and vulnerable species, including sambar deer, the Asiatic black bear and the Chapa Bug-eyed frog. Holly Barker, Discover Magazine, 19 Apr. 2022 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 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

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu sā̃bar, from Sanskrit śambara

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sambar was in 1698

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“Sambar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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