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.
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.