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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 ?
Waldengarver, in a frightful perspiration, was trying to get himself out of his princely sables.
fur tippet,) the richness of his cloak, lined with the most costly sables, his maroquin boots and golden spurs, together with the grace with which he managed his palfrey, were sufficient to merit clamorous applause.
A reaping-hook fits my hand better than a governor's sceptre; I'd rather have my fill of gazpacho' than be subject to the misery of a meddling doctor who me with hunger, and I'd rather lie in summer under the shade of an oak, and in winter wrap myself in a double sheepskin jacket in freedom, than go to bed between holland sheets and dress in sables under the restraint of a government.
You turn to look into the thrilling eyes of a beautiful woman, wonderful in diamonds and Russian sables.
Her little boy sat by her side in pompous new sables.
The next morning I sent my servant to his lordship with a small present of tea, and two pieces of China damask, and four little wedges of Japan gold, which did not all weigh above six ounces or thereabouts, but were far short of the value of his sables, which, when I came to England, I found worth near two hundred pounds.
Hepzibah's form, though its sable outline mingled with the dusk, was now less imperfectly visible.
Here, indeed, in the sable simplicity that generally characterised the Puritanic modes of dress, there might be an infrequent call for the finer productions of her handiwork.
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.
I'll have Sambo and Quimbo up here, to sing and dance one of their hell dances, and keep off these horrid notions," said Legree; and, putting on his hat, he went on to the verandah, and blew a horn, with which he commonly summoned his two sable drivers.
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.