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sable

SABLE, n.

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.



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SABLE, n.

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. [Fr. Qu. Gr. ζοφος, darkness. See the noun.]

Black; dark; used chiefly in poetry or in heraldry; as, night with her sable mantle; the sable throne of night.


SA'BLE, n. [Russ. sobol; G. zobel; Sw. Dan. and D. sabel; Fr. zibeline; It. zibellino; Sp. cebellina; L. zoboia or zobola, an ermine. This word and the animal were probably not known to the Greeks and Romans till a late period. Jornandes mentions the sending to Rome, in the 6th century, saphilinas pelles, sable skins; and Marco Polo calls them zibelines and zombolines. – Pennant, 1. 93.]

  1. A digitigrade carnivorous mammal; a small animal of the weasel kind, the Mustela zibellina, 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. – Encyc.
  2. The fur of the sable.

Sa"ble
  1. 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.

    * 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.

    * 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. 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 (Zoöl.), 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 (Zoöl.), the lemming.

  3. To render sable or dark] to drape darkly or in black.

    Sabled all in black the shady sky. G. Fletcher.

  4. The fur of the sable.
  5. A mourning garment; a funeral robe; -- generally in the plural.

    "Sables wove by destiny." Young.
  6. The tincture black; -- represented by vertical and horizontal lines crossing each other.
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Sable

SABLE, noun

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, adjective [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.

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