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Sable definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. A small animal of the weasel kind, the mustela zibelina, found in the northern latitudes of America and Asia. It resembles the martin, but has a longer head and ears. Its hair is cinereous, but black at the tips. This animal burrows in the earth or under trees; in winter and summer subsisting on small animals, and in autumn on berries. The fur is very valuable.
2. The fur of the sable.
SA'BLE, a. [Gr. darkness. See the Noun.]
Black; dark; used chiefly in poetry or in heraldry; as night with her sable mantle; the sable throne of night.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: of a dark somewhat brownish black n
1: an artist's brush made of sable hairs [syn: sable, sable brush, sable's hair pencil]
2: the expensive dark brown fur of the marten
3: a very dark black [syn: coal black, ebony, jet black, pitch black, sable, soot black]
4: a scarf (or trimming) made of sable
5: marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur [syn: sable, Martes zibellina]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun (plural sables) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Middle Low German sabel sable or its fur, from Middle High German zobel, of Slavic origin; akin to Russian sobol' sable or its fur Date: 14th century 1. a. the color black b. black clothing worn in mourning usually used in plural 2. a. or plural sable (1) a carnivorous mammal (Martes zibellina) of the weasel family that occurs chiefly in northern Asia (2) any of various animals related to the sable b. the fur or pelt of a sable 3. the usually dark brown color of the fur of the sable II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. of the color black 2. dark, gloomy

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. 1 a a small brown-furred flesh-eating mammal, Martes zibellina, of N. Europe and parts of N. Asia, related to the marten. b its skin or fur. 2 a fine paintbrush made of sable fur. Etymology: ME f. OF f. med.L sabelum f. Slav. 2. n. & adj. --n. 1 esp. poet. black. 2 (in pl.) mourning garments. 3 (in full sable antelope) a large stout-horned African antelope, Hippotragus niger, the males of which are mostly black in old age. --adj. 1 (usu. placed after noun) Heraldry black. 2 esp. poet. dark, gloomy. Derivatives: sabled adj. sably adv. Etymology: ME f. OF (in Heraldry): gen. taken to be identical with SABLE(1), although sable fur is dark brown

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sable Sa"ble, n. [OF. sable, F. zibeline sable (in sense 4), LL. sabellum; cf. D. sabel, Dan. sabel, zobel, Sw. sabel, sobel, G. zobel; all fr. Russ. s['o]bole.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A carnivorous animal of the Weasel family (Mustela zibellina) native of the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and America, -- noted for its fine, soft, and valuable fur. Note: The sable resembles the marten, but has a longer head and ears. Its fur consists of a soft under wool, with a dense coat of hair, overtopped by another still longer. It varies greatly in color and quality according to the locality and the season of the year. The darkest and most valuable furs are taken in autumn and winter in the colder parts of Siberia, Russia, and British North America. Note: The American sable, or marten, was formerly considered a distinct species (Mustela Americana), but it differs very little from the Asiatic sable, and is now considered only a geographical variety. 2. The fur of the sable. 3. A mourning garment; a funeral robe; -- generally in the plural. ``Sables wove by destiny.'' --Young. 4. (Her.) The tincture black; -- represented by vertical and horizontal lines crossing each other.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sable Sa"ble, a. Of the color of the sable's fur; dark; black; -- used chiefly in poetry. Night, sable goddess! from her ebon throne, In rayless majesty, now stretches forth Her leaden scepter o'er a slumbering world. --Young. Sable antelope (Zo["o]l.), a large South African antelope (Hippotragus niger). Both sexes have long, sharp horns. The adult male is black; the female is dark chestnut above, white beneath. Sable iron, a superior quality of Russia iron; -- so called because originally stamped with the figure of a sable. Sable mouse (Zo["o]l.), the lemming.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sable Sa"ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sabled; p. pr. & vb. n. Sabling.] To render sable or dark; to drape darkly or in black. Sabled all in black the shady sky. --G. Fletcher.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(sables) A sable is a small furry animal with valued fur. N-COUNT Sable is the fur of a sable. ...a full-length sable coat. N-UNCOUNT: oft N n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Zibelline, marten (Mustela zibellina). 2. Pine marten, American sable (Mustela abietum). II. a. Dark, dusky, sombre, ebon, black.

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