1A marten with a short tail and dark brown fur, native to Japan and Siberia and valued for its fur.
- Martes zibellina, family Mustelidae
- Tradition had it that the island was rich in game (reindeer, polar bears, sables, marten, fish, and certain monsters - perhaps walrus), and that it abounded in marble, crystals, and so on.
- Then patrol the shorelines to observe sables and the world's biggest brown bears, and to scout potential nature-reserve sites.
- He wrote, ‘The principal riches of Kamchatka consist in the great number of wild beasts: among them are foxes, sables, stone foxes, hares, marmots, ermines, weasels, wolves, reindeer, wild and tame, and stone rams.’
1.1 [mass noun] The fur of the sable.
- Larsson should have been adorned in ermine and sable in Andalucia.
- Even at its zenith in the mid-20th century, mink had few rivals, with only sable and the pelts of big cats bestowing anywhere near the same prestige.
- He does not wear his silks and sables to accurately represent his status, nor does he dress sumptuously to insidiously advance himself.
Words that rhyme with sableAbel, able, Babel, cable, enable, fable, gable, label, Mabel, stable, table
adjectiveliterary or Heraldry
Black: the sable blackness of her hair [postpositive]: six martlets sable
More example sentences
- Her skin was sable black and shining lightening blue.
- As he left, he did not notice the hateful eyes of the sable raven, watching Calanthas go, from a windowsill.
- Although her intended audience is not black, she still refers to ‘our sable race.’
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1 [mass noun] literary or Heraldry Black.
- Colours are orchestrated in dark tones, such as sable, olive and black accented with flashes of ultramarine.
- They say he's tall and handsome, and that his hair is as black as sable.
- Shar-Pei come in just about every colour there is - black, red, red-fawn, fawn, black-pointed cream, sable and blue.
2 (also sable antelope) A large African antelope with long curved horns, the male of which has a black coat and the female a russet coat, both having a white belly.
- Hippotragus niger, family Bovidae
- The 14 species of the game include giraffes, zebras, sables, kudus, elands, impalas, pukus, waterbucks, reedbucks, siatoongas, bushbucks, common buickers and graycebucks.
- Also present are elephant, sable antelope, reedbuck, common duiker, blue and vervet monkeys.
- I grew up with impala and sable antelope, burnt-amber kudu, zebra and wiry wildebeest.
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