from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of sambar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An East Indian deer (Rusa Aristotelis) having a mane on its neck. Its antlers have but three prongs. Called also gerow. The name is applied to other species of the genus Rusa, as the Bornean sambur (R. equina).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Indian elk, Rusa aristotelis, a very large rusine deer inhabiting the hill-country of India.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a deer of southern Asia with antlers that have three tines
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The marsh and jungle swarmed with peacocks, jungle-fowl, and wild-fowl of all sorts, affording glorious sport; and, besides the smaller kinds of deer, several specimens occurred of a magnificent species of stag with twelve-tyned horns, called _baru-singa_ -- apparently allied to the _sambur_ and _rusa_ of the Dekkan.
One might have fancied this was the encampment of newly-come invaders, were it not for the larger villages that are overgrown with thickets and altogether swallowed up again in the wilderness, and for the deserted temples that are found rent asunder by the roots of trees and the ancient embankments that hold water only for the drinking of the sambur deer ....
When thus led out to graze the sambur sometimes remained behind, but seemed to have no difficulty in finding the bull even though it had been taken to a considerable distance.
I was fortunate enough to have one of these in my service, and to no sporting scenes in life can I look back with greater pleasure than when I was able, with my trusted native follower, to spend delightful mornings and evenings, and at certain times whole days, in stalking bears, bison, and sambur in the Western Mysore mountains.
The history of this animal, and more especially of the warm friendship that sprung up between it and a doe sambur deer, is extremely interesting.
Nilgiris, and the brother of a friend of mine, and was in the habit of going out at the end of his day's work with a book and a gun, and seating himself on the hillside to look out for sambur deer.
About a week afterwards a young doe sambur, which was being pursued by jungle dogs, rushed into one of the labourer's huts and was secured.
It is difficult to believe that big game in remote spots can perceive whether a man means to harm them or not, but it is remarkable that when on his way to the jungle alluded to, the photographer passed two sambur deer in the long grass, and at no great distance away, and saw them still lying there on his return.
As the beat was drawing to a close, I heard a sambur deer belling at the head of a ravine, about a few hundred yards from the termination of the jungle we were beating.
Account of an interesting friendship between a tame sambur deer and a bull bison.