Meaning of SABLE in English
~ 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 ~.
ME: from OFr., in the sense '~ fur', from med. L. sabelum , of Slavic origin.
~ 2 [ 'seɪb(ə)l ]
■ adjective literary or Heraldry black.
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 .]
ME: from OFr. (as a heraldic term), generally taken to be identical with ~ 1 , although ~ fur is dark brown.
Concise Oxford English vocab. Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2004