Meaning of SABLE in English

SABLE

~ 1 [ 'seɪb(ə)l ]

■ noun a marten with a short tail and dark brown fur, native to Japan and Siberia. [ Martes zibellina .]

↘the fur of the ~.

Origin

ME: from OFr., in the sense '~ fur', from med. L. sabelum , of Slavic origin.

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~ 2 [ 'seɪb(ə)l ]

■ adjective literary or Heraldry black.

■ noun

1》 literary or Heraldry black.

↘( ~s ) archaic mourning garments.

2》 (also ~ antelope ) a large African antelope with long curved horns, the male of which has a black coat and the female a russet coat. [ Hippotragus niger .]

Origin

ME: from OFr. (as a heraldic term), generally taken to be identical with ~ 1 , although ~ fur is dark brown.

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