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sable, species of marten, Martes zibellina, found in Siberia, N European Russia, and N Finland. This carnivorous mammal is highly valued for its thick, soft fur, which is dark brown or black, sometimes with white underparts and sometimes flecked with silver. Unrestricted hunting for several centuries has exterminated the sable in some regions and dangerously reduced it in others; it now survives chiefly in the mountains of the northernmost parts of its former range. Protection is now afforded in parts of Russia, and it is raised on farms. The fur of the American marten, M. americana, sometimes called the American sable, also commands a price, although not as high as that of the true sable. Sables are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Mustelidae.

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sa·ble1 / ˈsābəl/ • n. a marten (Martes zibellina) with a short tail and dark brown fur, native to Japan and Siberia and valued for its fur. ∎  the fur of the sable. sa·ble2 • adj. poetic/lit. black. • n. 1. poetic/lit. black. 2. (also sable antelope) a large African antelope (Hippotragus niger) with long curved horns, the male of which has a black coat and the female a russet coat, both having a white belly.

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sable the heraldic term for black, recorded from Middle English. The word comes from Old French, and is generally taken to be identical with sable as the name for a marten with a short tail and dark brown fur, native to Japan and Siberia and valued for its fur.

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sable Marten native to Siberia. It has been hunted almost to extinction for its thick, soft, durable fur, which is dark brown, sometimes flecked with white. Length: to 60cm (24in). Family Mustelidae; species Martes zibellina.

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sable1 (fur of) a small carnivore. XV — OF. sable sable fur — medL. sabelum; ult. of Balto-Sl. orig. (cf. Lith. sābalas, Russ. sóbol').

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sable2 black colour (spec. in her.); black clothing XIV; adj. XV. — OF.; gen. presumed to be identical with prec., but sable fur is brown.

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sablé Biscuit paste made with butter and flour; sweet or savoury.

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