Main definitions of sambar in English

: sambar1sambar2

sambar1

noun

  • A dark brown woodland deer with branched antlers, of southern Asia.

    • ‘Maachli had fought hard to secure rights to an area around the Ranthambhore lakes, which are prime hunting grounds, full of sambar, spotted deer and wild boar.’
    • ‘Other large mammals that have vanished are the leopard, the largest species of deer (the sambar and the barking deer), the pig-tailed macaque, and the wild pig.’
    • ‘The stillness was abruptly shattered by a loud alarm call from a sambar deer.’
    • ‘Neelgai, sambar, cheetah, langur, porcupine and rabbit roam in abundance, while hyena, jackal, wild boar and a variety of birds including migratory ones have made Sariska a tourist's delight.’
    • ‘The sambar deer is widely regarded as Australia's greatest hunting challenge.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Hindi sābar, from Sanskrit śambara.

Pronunciation

sambar

/ˈsambɑː/

Main definitions of sambar in English

: sambar1sambar2

sambar2

(also sambhar)

noun

mass noun
  • A spicy south Indian dish consisting of lentils and vegetables.

    • ‘Wearing his traditional yarmulke (skull cap) and mixing sambhar with a piece of idli, he said he liked spicy Indian food.’
    • ‘Here is Meenakshi Ammal's recipe for sambar, the most basic Tamil dish.’
    • ‘Garnished with an array of chutneys and delicious sambar, the end product is simply scrumptious for the food aficionado.’
    • ‘I could eat sambar (almost) every day.’
    • ‘At lunchtime we halt near a small waterfall, and with enough wood lying around we soon have spicy sambhar to go with boiled rice.’
    • ‘The rest of the time we did nothing - gorged on pongal and sambar, and more sambar.’
    • ‘When they're fresh and fluffy, they come alive with a bit of chutney or a dousing of sambar.’
    • ‘The third day, our guide took us to a place where a pair of tigers had killed a sambar (Indian deer) a couple of days ago.’
    • ‘We decided to have idli and sambhar which is steamed rice dumpling with hot lentil sauce.’
    • ‘Sambar made of green gram dal and lime instead of tamarind with more watery vegetables may be a better option.’
    • ‘When we discussed the sambar soup after the meal, Palani's young cousin Usha, commented that it tasted a bit strange.’
    • ‘With all this bounty Roma is also very happy eating what the staff cook for themselves - rice, rasam and sambhar.’
    • ‘Chuppili had sat down to breakfast on two idlis and a cup of sambar when the calling bell rang.’
    • ‘He sings the same song to her every morning, right after she finishes mopping up the last of her soupy sambar with a masala dosa.’
    • ‘There is barely elbow room and if the person eating next to you spills "sambar" into your coffee, take it in your stride.’
    • ‘To prepare thicker sambar, increase the quantity of dhal.’
    • ‘One dip of the dosai into the sambar confirmed my worst fears.’
    • ‘We were shown the clean and modern kitchen where, in huge vats, rice and sambar were cooked for distribution to 43,000 schoolchildren.’
    • ‘There is rice and sambhar every day, but different vegetables are used over the week and there are regular supplements.’

Origin

From Tamil cāmpār, via Marathi from Sanskrit sambhāra ‘collection, materials’.

Pronunciation

sambar

/ˈsambɑː/