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Meaning of SABLE

Pronunciation:  'seybul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  marten of North Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur
  2. [n]  a scarf (or trimming) made of sable
  3. [n]  an artist's brush made of sable hair
  4. [n]  a very dark black
  5. [n]  the expensive dark brown fur of the marten
  6. [adj]  dark somewhat brownish black

SABLE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: achromatic, coal black, ebony, jet black, Martes zibellina, pitch black, sable brush, sable's hair pencil, soot black
 See Also: black, blackness, brush, fur, marten, marten cat, pelt, rigger, rigger brush, scarf



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sa"ble\, n. [OF. sable, F. zibeline sable (in sense 4),
    LL. sabellum; cf. D. sabel, Dan. sabel, zobel, Sw. sabel,
    sobel, G. zobel; all fr. Russ. s['o]bole.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) A carnivorous animal of the Weasel family
       ({Mustela zibellina}) native of the northern latitudes of
       Europe, Asia, and America, -- noted for its fine, soft,
       and valuable fur.
    Note: The sable resembles the marten, but has a longer head
          and ears. Its fur consists of a soft under wool, with a
          dense coat of hair, overtopped by another still longer.
          It varies greatly in color and quality according to the
          locality and the season of the year. The darkest and
          most valuable furs are taken in autumn and winter in
          the colder parts of Siberia, Russia, and British North
    Note: The American sable, or marten, was formerly considered
          a distinct species ({Mustela Americana}), but it
          differs very little from the Asiatic sable, and is now
          considered only a geographical variety.
    2. The fur of the sable.
    3. A mourning garment; a funeral robe; -- generally in the
       plural. ``Sables wove by destiny.'' --Young.
    4. (Her.) The tincture black; -- represented by vertical and
       horizontal lines crossing each other.
  2. \Sa"ble\, a.
    Of the color of the sable's fur; dark; black; -- used chiefly
    in poetry.
          Night, sable goddess! from her ebon throne, In rayless
          majesty, now stretches forth Her leaden scepter o'er a
          slumbering world.                        --Young.
    {Sable antelope} (Zo["o]l.), a large South African antelope
       ({Hippotragus niger}). Both sexes have long, sharp horns.
       The adult male is black; the female is dark chestnut
       above, white beneath.
    {Sable iron}, a superior quality of Russia iron; -- so called
       because originally stamped with the figure of a sable.
    {Sable mouse} (Zo["o]l.), the lemming.
  3. \Sa"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sabled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To render sable or dark; to drape darkly or in black.
          Sabled all in black the shady sky.       --G. Fletcher.