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or zib·el·line  (zĭb′ə-lēn′, -līn′)
1. A thick lustrous soft fabric of wool or other animal hair, such as mohair, having a silky nap.
2. The sable or its fur.

[French, sable, from Middle French, from Italian zibellino, from Old Italian, ultimately of Slavic origin; akin to Russian sobol', from Old Russian sobolĭ; see sable.]
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(ˈzɪbəˌlaɪn; -lɪn)
1. (Textiles) a sable or the fur of this animal
2. (Animals) a sable or the fur of this animal
3. (Textiles) a thick cloth made of wool or other animal hair, having a long nap and a dull sheen
4. (Textiles) of, relating to, or resembling a sable
5. (Animals) of, relating to, or resembling a sable
[C16: from French, from Old Italian zibellino, ultimately of Slavonic origin; compare sable]
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or zib•el•line

(ˈzɪb əˌlaɪn, -ˌlin, -lɪn)

1. of or pertaining to the sable.
2. the fur of the sable.
3. a thick woolen cloth with a flattened hairy nap.
[1575–85; < Middle French < Italian zibellino]
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