Main definitions of sambar in English

: sambar1sambar2

sambar1

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

sambar

/ˈsämbər/

Main definitions of sambar in English

: sambar1sambar2

sambar2

(also sambhar)

noun

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

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

/ˈsämbər/