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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.
Etymology: From Old French martre sable "sable marten", an animal (see below). Possibly from an Old Slavonic word; compare with Russian ÑÑ.


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