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sable Tweet Definition of sable Like Definition of sable on Facebook
noun
  1. A small mammal, related to the marten of Eurasia and North Pacific Islands. Taxonomic name: Martes zibellina.
  2. The marten. Taxonomic name: Mustela americana.
  3. A coat made from the fur of the sable.
    • 1928, w:Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf, w:Orlando:_A_Biography, Orlando:
    • :Lovers dallied upon divans spread with sables.
      1. An artist's brush made from the fur of the sable.
      2. (tincture): A black colour on a coat of arms.
      3. (colour) a black colour, like that of sable fur.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a black colour, like that of sable fur.
    • 2002, Christopher Paolini, Eragon, ch 3
    • :They wound between the wagons to a tent removed from the rest of the traders'. It was crimson at the top and at the bottom, with thin triangles of colors stabbing into each other.
      1. (tincture): In blazon, of the colour black.
      2. Made of sable fur.
saki Tweet Definition of saki Like Definition of saki on Facebook
noun
  1. (alternative spelling of, sake) (rice wine)
sambar Tweet Definition of sambar Like Definition of sambar on Facebook
noun
  1. A southeast Asian deer.
sea cow Tweet Definition of sea cow Like Definition of sea cow on Facebook
noun
  1. any of several marine mammals of the order Sirenia, including the manatee and dugong.
sea horse Tweet Definition of sea horse Like Definition of sea horse on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various small marine fish of the genus Hippocampus that have a horselike head and swim upright.
  2. The walrus.
seal Tweet Definition of seal Like Definition of seal on Facebook
noun
  1. A pinniped, a large marine fish-eating mammal.
The seals in the harbor looked better than they smelled.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To hunt seals
sea lion Tweet Definition of sea lion Like Definition of sea lion on Facebook
noun
  1. A marine mammal of the family Otariidae.
serval Tweet Definition of serval Like Definition of serval on Facebook
noun
  1. A medium-sized African wild cat. Scientific name: Leptailurus serval or Felis serval.
sheep Tweet Definition of sheep Like Definition of sheep on Facebook
noun (sheep)
  1. A woolly ruminant of the genus Ovis. Male: ram (intact), wether (castrated). Female: ewe. Young: lamb. Carnal: lamb, mutton.
  2. A timid, shy person who is easily led by others.
she-wolf Tweet Definition of she-wolf Like Definition of she-wolf on Facebook
noun (plural: she-wolves)
  1. A female wolf.
shrew Tweet Definition of shrew Like Definition of shrew on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of numerous small mouselike, chiefly nocturnal, mammals of the family Soricidae.
  2. An ill-tempered, nagging woman: a scold.
::One of Shakespeare"s plays is The Taming of the Shrew
silver fox Tweet Definition of silver fox Like Definition of silver fox on Facebook
noun
  1. A red fox with pale yellow or (rarely) silver to black fur.
  2. A person with graying hair who has sex appeal.
sitatunga Tweet Definition of sitatunga Like Definition of sitatunga on Facebook
noun
  1. the marsh buck, Tragelaphus spekeii.
skunk Tweet Definition of skunk Like Definition of skunk on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various small mammals, of the family Mephitidae, native to North and Central America, having a glossy black with a white coat and two musk glands at the base of the tail for emitting a noxious smell as a defensive measure.
  2. (slang) A type of strong marijuana.
  3. (slang) A walkover victory in sports or board games, as when the opposing side is unable to score. Compare shutout.
  4. Skinhead+Punk = skunk
  5. cribbage: A win by 30 or more points. (Double skunk > 60 points, triple skunk >90.)
verb
  1. cribbage: To win by 30 or more points.
sloth Tweet Definition of sloth Like Definition of sloth on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) laziness, Laziness; slow in the mindset. One of the seven deadly sins (see Wikipedia:Seven deadly sins, Wikipedia article on the seven deadly sins for more details).
  2. (countable) A herbivorous, arboreal South American mammal of the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, noted for its slowness and inactivity.
solenodon Tweet Definition of solenodon Like Definition of solenodon on Facebook
noun
  1. any of some species of small nocturnal, burrowing, insectivorous mammals from the Solenodontidae family, with a long snout and venomous saliva.
sperm Tweet Definition of sperm Like Definition of sperm on Facebook
noun (pluralsperms or )
  1. (cytology) The reproductive cell or gamete of the male, the spermatozoon.
  2. The semen
spermophile Tweet Definition of spermophile Like Definition of spermophile on Facebook
noun
  1. A terrestrial burrowing rodent; ground squirrel
    "Seek spermophile who lives on the plains of the West and is often called gopher, is the true ground squirrel."
sperm whale Tweet Definition of sperm whale Like Definition of sperm whale on Facebook
noun
  1. A whale (Physeter macrocephalus), the largest of the toothed whales.
Springbok Tweet Definition of Springbok Like Definition of Springbok on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Springboks)
  1. A member of South Africa's national rugby union team ("the Springboks").
squirrel Tweet Definition of squirrel Like Definition of squirrel on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of the rodents of the family Sciuridae distinguished by their large bushy tail.
verb (squirrel, l, ing)
  1. with "away": To hoard in a hidden place, by analogy to squirrels' habit of hoarding nuts.
  2. with "around": To move or search erratically, esp. as if hurried or confused.
My mother warned me not to squirrel around in my dad's workshop.
stoat Tweet Definition of stoat Like Definition of stoat on Facebook
noun
  1. ermine
sulfur-bottom Tweet Definition of sulfur-bottom Like Definition of sulfur-bottom on Facebook
noun
  1. the blue whale
sulphur-bottom Tweet Definition of sulphur-bottom Like Definition of sulphur-bottom on Facebook
noun
  1. (alternative spelling of, sulfur-bottom)

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