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Sable (noun)

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Sáble n.s. [zibella, Latin.] Fur.

Sable is worn of great personages, and brought out of Russia, being the fur of a little beast of that name, esteemed for the perfectness of the colour of the hairs, which are very black. Hence sable, in heraldry, signifies the black colour in gentlemens arms. Peacham on Blazoning.

Furiously running in upon him, with tumultuous speech, he violently raught from his head his rich cap of sables. Knolles.

The peacocks plumes thy tackle must not fail,
Nor the dear puchase of the sable's tail.
Gay.

Sources: Gay, John (51) · Knolles, Richard (44) · Peacham, Henry (53)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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