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sa·ble

 (sā′bəl)
n.
1.
a. A mustelid mammal (Martes zibellina) of northern Eurasia, having soft dark commercially valuable fur.
b. The pelt or fur of this animal.
c. The similar fur of other species of martens.
2.
a. The color black, especially in heraldry.
b. sables Black garments worn in mourning.
3. A grayish yellowish brown.
4. A sablefish.
adj.
1. Of a grayish yellowish brown.
2. Of the color black, as in heraldry or mourning.
3. Dark; somber.
4. Of the fur of the sable: a sable coat.

[Middle English, from Old French, sable fur, from an Old Low Franconian source akin to Middle High German sabel, sable, ultimately from a Slavic source such as Old Russian sobolĭ; akin to Middle Persian samōr and Parthian simōr.]

sable

(ˈseɪbəl)
n, pl -bles or -ble
1. (Animals) a marten, Martes zibellina, of N Asian forests, with dark brown luxuriant fur.
2. (Textiles)
a. the highly valued fur of this animal
b. (as modifier): a sable coat.
3. (Textiles) American sable the brown, slightly less valuable fur of the American marten, Martes americana
4. (Colours) the colour of sable fur: a dark brown to yellowish-brown colour
adj
5. (Colours) of the colour of sable fur
6. black; dark; gloomy
7. (Heraldry) (usually postpositive) heraldry of the colour black
[C15: from Old French, from Old High German zobel, of Slavic origin; related to Russian sobol', Polish sobol]

Sable

(ˈseɪbəl)
n
1. (Placename) a cape at the S tip of Florida: the southernmost point of continental US
2. (Placename) the southernmost point of Nova Scotia, Canada

sa•ble

(ˈseɪ bəl)

n., pl. -bles, (esp. collectively for 1, 2 ) -ble, n.
1. a dark-colored Eurasian marten, Martes zibellina, valued for its fur.
2. a North American marten, Martes americana.
3. the fur of the sable.
4. the color black.
5. sables, black mourning garments.
adj.
6. of the color black.
7. made of sable fur.
8. very dark.
[1275–1325; < Old French < Middle Low German sabel (compare late Old High German zobel) < Slavic or Baltic]

Sa•ble

(ˈseɪ bəl)

n. Cape,
1. a cape on a small island at the SW tip of Nova Scotia, Canada: lighthouse.
2. a cape at the S tip of Florida.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sable - an artist's brush made of sable hairssable - an artist's brush made of sable hairs
brush - an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
rigger brush, rigger - a long slender pointed sable brush used by artists
2.sable - the expensive dark brown fur of the marten
fur, pelt - the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
3.sable - a very dark blacksable - a very dark black      
black, blackness, inkiness - the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
4.sable - a scarf (or trimming) made of sable
scarf - a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration
5.sable - marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fursable - marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur
marten, marten cat - agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels
Adj.1.sable - of a dark somewhat brownish black
achromatic, neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"

sable

noun & adjective
1. black, jet, raven, jetty, ebony, ebon (poetic) thick sable lashes see shades from black to white
adjective
1. dark, black, dim, gloomy, dismal, dreary, sombre, shadowy, sepulchral, crepuscular, Stygian, tenebrous Night enveloped me in its sable mantle.

sable

adjective
Of the darkest achromatic visual value:
Translations
سَمّور سيبيريافَرْوَة السَّمّور
sobol
zobelzobelpels
zibelo
soopeli
crna
cobolycobolyprémfekete
safalafeldursafali
sabalassabalo
sabuļādasabulis
czarnysoból
negru
soboľsobolí
svart

sable

[ˈseɪbl]
A. N (= fur) → marta f cibelina or cebellina; (= colour) → negro m
B. ADJnegro

sable

nZobel m; (= fur)Zobelfell ntor -pelz m; (liter, = colour) → Schwarz nt
adjZobel-; (liter, = black) → schwarz; sable coatZobelmantel m

sable

[ˈseɪbl]
1. n
a. (animal, fur) → zibellino
b. (liter) (colour) → nero
2. adj (fur) → di zibellino; (brush) → di martora

sable

(ˈseibl) noun
1. a kind of small animal found in Arctic regions, valued for its glossy fur.
2. its fur. Artists' brushes are sometimes made of sable; (also adjective) a sable coat.
References in classic literature ?
Hepzibah's form, though its sable outline mingled with the dusk, was now less imperfectly visible.
Here, one would suppose, might have been sorrow enough to imbue the sunniest disposition through and through with a sable tinge.
There was the honest cockrobin, the favorite game of stripling sportsmen, with its loud querulous note; and the twittering blackbirds flying in sable clouds, and the golden- winged woodpecker with his crimson crest, his broad black gorget, and splendid plumage; and the cedar-bird, with its red tipt wings and yellow-tipt tail and its little monteiro cap of feathers; and the blue jay, that noisy coxcomb, in his gay light blue coat and white underclothes, screaming and chattering, nodding and bobbing and bowing, and pretending to be on good terms with every songster of the grove.
Tashtego's long, lean, sable hair, his high cheek bones, and black rounding eyes --for an Indian, Oriental in their largeness, but Antarctic in their glittering expression --all this sufficiently proclaimed him an inheritor of the unvitiated blood of those proud warrior hunters, who, in quest of the great New England moose, had scoured, bow in hand, the aboriginal forests of the main.
But already the sable wing was before the old man's eyes; the long hooked bill at his head: with a scream, the black hawk darted away with his prize.
As Miss Ophelia was in the kitchen in the latter part of the afternoon, some of the sable children called out, "La, sakes
It was a sort of breath-taking surprise; for we had not supposed there was anything behind that low-hung blanket of sable cloud but level valley.
On the scutcheon we'll have a bend OR in the dexter base, a saltire MURREY in the fess, with a dog, couchant, for common charge, and under his foot a chain embattled, for slavery, with a chevron VERT in a chief engrailed, and three invected lines on a field AZURE, with the nombril points rampant on a dancette indented; crest, a runaway nigger, SABLE, with his bundle over his shoulder on a bar sinister; and a couple of gules for supporters, which is you and me; motto, MAGGIORE FRETTA, MINORE OTTO.
A roaring, ranting, sleek man-thief, Who lived on mutton, veal, and beef, Yet never would afford relief To needy, sable sons of grief, Was big with heavenly union.
The brilliancy of her eyes, the superb arch of her eyebrows, her well-formed aquiline nose, her teeth as white as pearl, and the profusion of her sable tresses, which, each arranged in its own little spiral of twisted curls, fell down upon as much of a lovely neck and bosom as a simarre of the richest Persian silk, exhibiting flowers in their natural colours embossed upon a purple ground, permitted to be visible all these constituted a combination of loveliness, which yielded not to the most beautiful of the maidens who surrounded her.
said Sancho, "see what marten and sable, and pads of carded cotton he is putting into the bags, that our heads may not be broken and our bones beaten to jelly
After 1802, the chevalier sealed his letters with a very old seal, ill-engraved to be sure, by which the Casterans, the d'Esgrignons, the Troisvilles were enabled to see that he bore: Party of France, two cottises gemelled gules, and gules, five mascles or, placed end to end; on a chief sable, a cross argent.