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or sam·bur, sam·bhar, sam·bhur

[sam-ber, sahm-]
  1. a deer, Cervus unicolor, of India, Sri Lanka, southeastern Asia, the East Indies, and the Philippines, having three-pointed antlers.
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Origin of sambar

1690–1700; < Hindi < Sanskrit śambara
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Examples from the Web for sambar

Historical Examples

  • Living specimen of the Indian Sambar deer are worth from $125 to $250, according to size and other conditions.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • The Indian sambar deer looks like a short-legged big-bodied understudy of our American elk.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • Two of them nearly ran over me once as I was squatting on a deer run waiting for sambar, which were being beaten out of a hill.

  • He rests during the day in shade, but is less of a nocturnal feeder than the sambar stag.

  • The nilgao drinks daily, the sambar only every third day, and many are shot over water.

British Dictionary definitions for sambar



noun plural -bars, -bar, -burs or -bur
  1. a S Asian deer, Cervus unicolor, with three-tined antlers
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Word Origin

C17: from Hindi, from Sanskrit śambarra, of obscure origin
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