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.