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 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, "A Beginner’s Guide to Making Perfect Indian Dal," 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, "In photos: Assam, Bihar, and Mumbai reel under the fury of the great Indian monsoon," 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, "Ten numbers that sum up the damage caused by the Indian monsoon this year," 29 July 2019 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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“Sambar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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