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zibeline

or zib·el·line

[zib-uh-lahyn, -leen, -lin]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the sable.
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noun
  1. the fur of the sable.
  2. a thick woolen cloth with a flattened hairy nap.
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Origin of zibeline

1575–85; < Middle French < Italian zibellino, ultimately from the same source as sable; compare Old French, Old Provençal sebelin
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Historical Examples

  • "I await your orders, Madame la Duchesse," said Zibeline, rising.

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    Phillipe de Massa

  • "So now we see Zibeline fairly launched," remarked the banker.

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    Phillipe de Massa

  • "Well, I am curious to know whether she could beat Seaman," said Zibeline.

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    Phillipe de Massa

  • I prefer to call her Zibeline—that name is better suited to a courtesan.

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    Phillipe de Massa

  • "All the more reason why I should not be daunted now," Zibeline insisted.

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    Phillipe de Massa


British Dictionary definitions for zibeline

zibeline

noun
  1. a sable or the fur of this animal
  2. a thick cloth made of wool or other animal hair, having a long nap and a dull sheen
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a sable
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Word Origin

C16: from French, from Old Italian zibellino, ultimately of Slavonic origin; compare sable
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