noun, plural sa·bles, (especially collectively for 1, 2) sa·ble.
- sabine lake,
- sable antelope,
- sable island pony,
- sable, cape,
Origin of sable
Examples from the Web for sable
Salmon, tuna, sturgeon, mussels, oysters, and sable are marinated and smoked using hickory and alder wood.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market|Jane & Michael Stern|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other dark choices include Jet, Bruno, Bear, Sable, Midnight, Inky, and Ebony.
The axe of the sable statue was poised above its head, as in the act to strike him.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
I did not feel on the occasion in question at all as though I had been in communication with his sable Majesty.Mystic London:|Charles Maurice Davies
I twisted myself to right and left in an endeavor to escape—but my tyrant of the sable hand had bound me in on all sides.Vendetta|Marie Corelli
When yellow (not-sable) females were mated to (not-yellow) sable males they gave wild-type (gray) daughters and yellow sons.Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila|Thomas Hunt Morgan
"Widowed and fatherless; God pity them," came in a low voice from a sad-faced woman, clad in the sable robes of mourning.Clemence|Retta Babcock
noun plural -bles or -ble
- the highly valued fur of this animal
- (as modifier)a sable coat
Word Origin for sable
noun Cape Sable
"fur or pelt of the European sable" (Martes zibellina), early 15c., from Middle French sable (also martre sable "sable martin"), in reference to the mammal or its fur, borrowed in Old French from Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch sabel, Middle Low German sabel, Middle High German zobel), ultimately from a Slavic source (cf. Russian, Czech sobol, Polish soból, the name of the animal), "which itself is borrowed from an East-Asiatic language" [Klein], but Russian sources (e.g. Vasmer) find none of the proposed candidates satisfactory.
"black" as a heraldic color, early 14c., commonly identified with sable (n.1), but the animal's fur is brown and this may be a different word of unknown origin; or it might reflect a medieval custom (unattested) of dyeing sable fur black. As an adjective from late 14c. Emblematic of mourning or grief from c.1600; c.1800 as "black" with reference to Africans and their descendants, often with mock dignity.