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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 sambhur

Historical Examples

  • Sometimes a sambhur, the big Indian stag, was the bag; sometimes a wild boar.

    Life in an Indian Outpost

    Gordon Casserly

  • It was a haunch of a sambhur which I had shot two days before.

  • It is a long job; and the sambhur is a heavy weight when we come to turn him over.

  • The bullet struck the sambhur in the foreleg; and the beast went off limping.

  • We have consumed two hours in the task of flaying and cutting up the sambhur.

British Dictionary definitions for sambhur



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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