Main definitions of sambar in English

: sambar1sambar2

sambar1

noun

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

    • ‘The stillness was abruptly shattered by a loud alarm call from a sambar deer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sambar deer is widely regarded as Australia's greatest hunting challenge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

sambar

/ˈsambər/

Main definitions of sambar in English

: sambar1sambar2

sambar2

(also sambhar)

noun

  • A spicy southern Indian dish consisting of lentils and vegetables.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

sambar

/ˈsambər/