Of the colour of the sable's fur; dark; black; used chiefly in poetry. Night, sable goddess! from her ebon throne, In rayless majesty, now stretches forth Her leaden scepter o'er a slumbering world. (young) Sable antelope, the lemming.
The sable resembles the marten, but has a longer head and ears. Its fur consists of a soft under wool, with a dense coat of hair, overtopped by another still longer. It varies greatly in colour and quality according to the locality and the season of the year. The darkest and most valuable furs are taken in autumn and winter in the colder parts of Siberia, Russia, and British North America.
2. The fur of the sable.
Origin: OF. Sable, F. Zibeline sable (in sense 4), LL. Sabellum; cf. D. Sabel, Dan. Sabel, zobel, Sw. Sabel, sobel, G. Zobel; all fr. Russ. Sobole.