Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A northern Eurasian mink (Mustela siberica) having a dark brown coat with tawny markings.
  • n. The fur of this animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Siberian weasel, Mustela sibirica
  • n. The fur of the Siberian weasel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Among furriers, any of several Asiatic minks; esp., Putorius sibiricus, the yellowish brown pelt of which is valued, esp. for the tail, used for making artists' brushes. Trade names for the fur are red sable and Tatar sable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The chorok, red sable, or Siberian mink, Putorius sibiricus, about 15 inches long, with a bushy tail 8 or 10 inches long, the fur uniformly buff or tawny, somewhat paler below, varied with black and white on the head.

Etymologies

Russian kolinskiĭ, of Kola, from Kola, Kola Peninsula.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Russian колонки (kolonkí). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have a sketch box of cake watercolors that has been with me for 12 odd years... along with it a pair of compact kolinsky sable brushes.

    The Old Drawing Table

  • You need brushes that are made of real hair (usually squirrel, pony, goat, weasel, sable, or kolinsky hair), as well as synthetic brushes (nylon or taklon).

    Best in Beauty

  • Cora had a Hudson seal coat now, with a great kolinsky collar.

    Gigolo

  • You saw him, too, in the Pompeian room at the Congress Hotel of a Saturday afternoon when doubtful and roving-eyed matrons in kolinsky capes are wont to congregate to sip pale amber drinks.

    Cheerful—By Request

  • Pompeiian room at the Congress Hotel of a Saturday afternoon when doubtful and roving-eyed matrons in kolinsky capes are wont to congregate to sip pale amber drinks.

    The Best Short Stories of 1917 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story

  • By the time the limousine swung under the _porte-cochère_ Lana was down and waiting; Mrs. Stanton came hurrying after, ready to defy a January midnight in a cocoon of kolinsky.

    All-Wool Morrison

  • Do you know that, too -- about, well, for instance kolinsky, and nutria, and Russian sable? "

    The Challenge of the North

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