Sable is a fluffy little animal known for its silky dark brown fur. It’s native to Japan, Siberia, and other parts of northern Asia. You may meet up with a sable in a zoo or as somebody's expensive coat.

Sable is a kind of marten — the same family as skunks, wolverines, and minks. The scientific name is Martes zibellina. The word sable, from Russian, likely came into Western European languages in the Middle Ages, when trappers traveled far and wide in search of furry creatures whose skins were worthy to warm the backs of emperors, kings, queens, and Byzantine priests. Sable can also mean "dark black," or it can refer to the hairs of an artist's paintbrush.

Primary Meanings of sable

marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur
a very dark black
of a dark somewhat brownish black
Full Definitions of sable

n marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur

Martes zibellina
Type of:
marten, marten cat
agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels

n the expensive dark brown fur of the marten

Type of:
fur, pelt
the dressed hairy coat of a mammal

n a scarf (or trimming) made of sable

Type of:
a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration

n an artist's brush made of sable hairs

sable brush, sable's hair pencil
rigger, rigger brush
a long slender pointed sable brush used by artists
Type of:
an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle

n a very dark black

coal black, ebony, jet black, pitch black, soot black
Type of:
black, blackness, inkiness
the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

adj of a dark somewhat brownish black

achromatic, neutral
having no hue

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